Category Archives: creative writing

Guest Post: Judith Hannan

This guest post is from Judith Hannan, author of the memoir Motherhood Exagerated which chronicled her experience of her daughter’s cancer treatment and transition into survival.  Hannan’s latest book, The Write Prescription is a hands-on guide to writing about illness.  I … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Someone, Somewhere by Woz Flint

Deep in sleep, newborn cries awaken me from a foggy dream. Not yet a mama for two weeks time, my babe is hungry and we are falling into a routine. A choppy one, but a routine nonetheless. The rest of … Continue reading

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Review: Ghostbelly

I’m embarrassed to admit that I have had Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman since June of last year and was invited to review it for this blog.  But cancer happened again (my sister, Stage 4 breast cancer, round 2)** and all of … Continue reading

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Grief Averted in Paris

I was lounging in bed listening to “Morning Edition” on my local public radio station. It was April 15. Tax day. But I wasn’t worried about that–I’d filed an extension. And I wasn’t awake enough yet to remember that it … Continue reading

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The 5 Stages of Grief Over my Shoes

At the end of January I  bought my silver- leather-bedazzled Skechers from Zappos.com.  I couldn’t wait for them to arrive and once they did I immediately put them on, took a photograph and posted it to Instagram: “sparkly new #shoes … Continue reading

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Grief (reading) takes a holiday

Over the last several months I’ve read several grief narratives–memoirs mostly.  Actually this whole year has been devoted to reading grief, and of course writing grief.  Not all these books are necessarily classified as “grief memoirs” but I wanted to … Continue reading

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Grief Literature Spotlight: Half a Life by Darin Strauss

A little over a year ago I earned my MFA in creative writing, a program that includes a bunch of courses in writing and literature, the actual writing of a book-length manuscript, and the successful defense of the aforementioned manuscript. … Continue reading

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Honoring Jane Catherine Lotter and my Granddad

Ever since I read about Jane Catherine Lotter’s death, and the fact that she had written her own obituary I’ve been intrigued.  What if we all wrote our own obituary, maybe updated it every year. How would that (could that?) … Continue reading

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What goes with grief?

Grief goes with… A Dairy Queen in North Platte, Nebraska. A dead deer. A wrecked 1971 Super Beetle VW. Apfelkorn. A semi truck full of frozen turkeys. A calico cat named Alex. A best friend named Karin. I took a … Continue reading

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The I Am Poem

A few weeks back at the Children’s Grief Center, my co-facilitator and I did an I Am poem exercise.  It’s an easy exercise to do, with a template that includes a list of phrases, starting with I am…  (which repeats) … Continue reading

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