A Policeman at the Door
[4 Jan 2013 | No Comments | 1,347 views]

A Policeman at the Door
1950, New Year’s Day
The doorbell rings, a policeman at the door
Your father is dead
A wife is screaming, crying.
1990, 40 Years later
The doorbell rings, a policeman at the door-
Your son is dead.
A mother is screaming, crying.
If bad things come in threes
There’s another policeman out there,
Somewhere, sometime,
Waiting to ring a doorbell.
This poem was written about seven years ago, a few years after my attending a “Healing Through Poetry” workshop at The Wellness Community in Salisbury, Maryland. At that [ … ]

Class Reports, Family Matters, Personal Experience, Private Anguish

Tis a Puzzlement
[19 Dec 2012 | No Comments | 1,656 views]

A Beautiful Christmas, Decorations Everywhere, Festive Garlands Hanging, Inspiring Joyous Kinder Laughter, Moving Non-believers On-toward Peace, Quieting Restive Souls, Tempering Unrest.
                                                                          Very Worry-free Xmas, 
                                                                                             Your Zitherists  
What makes “The Big C- Christmas Spirit”, posted a year ago today, so popular? I can’t figure it out, but I’d love to know:
    Is it Irish poet Pat Borat’s clever writing exercise?
    Is it our “Christmas Wish” answer to his writing exercise?
    Is it the proposed WFW follow-up exercise, finishing the sentence, [ … ]

Giving Back, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience

If I take care of Gordon, God will take care of me.
[24 Nov 2012 | No Comments | 1,461 views]

Louiseanne has been in our WFW group for over two years, and I don’t remember one meeting where she wrote about her own problems. Never about her four melanomas, never about her impending spinal tap for a bone marrow biopsy. It was always about Gordon.
Gordon’s problems?  Within the last eight years, they include- renal failure, heart attack, kidney transplant, diabetes, laminectomy, and the latest, lung cancer.  He just finished four radiation treatments on each lung. In January they’ll check out [ … ]

Bravest Hearts, Choosing Happiness, Family Matters, Heroes and Helpers, Love Letters, Most Inspirational, Smiling through the Tears, The Spiritual Side of Wellness

So Far, So Good
[4 Nov 2012 | No Comments | 1,238 views]

A man is falling off a tall building. As he passes the 100th floor , he says “It’s 99 floors to the ground, but, so far so good”. Now, that’s an optimist! And that’s what we are- optimistic. After several meetings on our own we’ve added new members, hopefully more will follow after some expected publicity.
Two of our newest exemplify our expanded membership, now beyond a focus on Cancer. One is currently receiving Chemo treatments, the other attends meetings with [ … ]

Class Reports

Different Cover, Same Book
[16 Oct 2012 | No Comments | 1,386 views]

They recently closed the doors of the Cancer Support Community-Delmarva in Salisbury, MD. because of lack of funding. Six members of our Writing For Wellness group wanted to continue meeting and continue to heal. We also decided to open up membership, no longer limiting our membership to Cancer survivors and caregivers. Anyone who wants to heal through writing will be welcome. Time will tell whether we succeed without sponsorship.
In our local library’s winter catalog of events there will be a [ … ]

Changing Priorities, Class in Session, Class Reports