Reaching Out, Reaching In
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comments | 1,627 views]

Two simple words — thank you — are often the most difficult to say. When someone compliments an item of our clothing, it is rare for us to just say, “Thank you.”
Much more common is, “Oh, this old thing?” or “I got it on sale.”
We sometimes have to practice saying, “Thank you!” Period.
A friend and I have a running joke about this and when one of us does something nice for the other and the recipient starts to say, “Oh, [ … ]

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Getting Started
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comments | 1,169 views]

Since 2001, I have been teaching writing to cancer patients, their family members, doctors, nurses, caregivers, and others who may have suffered tragic events in their lives.
Writing for Wellness classes are held at the City of Hope National Cancer Center in Duarte, California, the site Lance Armstrong, one of the world’s most famous cancer survivors, chose to start his 2004 cross-country bicycle tour for cancer awareness.
My experience began a few days following 9/11 when I was walking on the City [ … ]

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The Spiritual Side of Wellness
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comments | 1,216 views]

Many people walk through the doors of a church broken-hearted, confused, frustrated, angry, grieving, unforgiving, alone in their loss, and struggling, and are in need of an outlet for expressing their emotions. They are looking for a way to express what they are feeling and experiencing as they try to make sense of a loss of health or problems with a spouse, children, relationships, or sometimes a combination of crises.
Many attend church looking for a sense of community and finding [ … ]

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[19 Mar 2010 | No Comments | 1,223 views]

Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and tragedies affect us all, no matter our age, our position in life, or our education. We all know someone in our family or among our friends and co-workers who has suffered. And sometimes, for millions of us, we have been touched very personally. According to statistics, one out of three people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. For those who have not experienced it directly, there is the unspoken [ … ]

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Visions of Wellness
[19 Jan 2010 | No Comments | 3,888 views]

James Cremin’s documentary about the writing class at the City of Hope in Duarte, California based on Julie Davey’s book Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing. Video after the cut.

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