Learning to Wait: Walking the Dog as Contemplative Practice

Norval takes a rest. This is pretty much how our outings go. I move, Norval doesn’t. If he’s not sniffing, relieving himself, eating sticks, or barking at Gus the Goldendoodle, he’s most likely defying me. He knows he gets rewarded for “good walking,” so when he loses the mood, and he doesn’t see me reaching … Continue reading Learning to Wait: Walking the Dog as Contemplative Practice

My Husband Has Cancer: Does It Matter What Kind?

When I tell people my husband has been receiving treatment for cancer, many ask—almost reflexively—“What kind?” After thoughtful consideration, much of it conducted in waiting rooms, doctors’ offices, and pharmacy lines, I’ve decided this is not the most appropriate, or helpful, response. At fifty-seven, I am sometimes fixated on causes of death for folks my … Continue reading My Husband Has Cancer: Does It Matter What Kind?

Walking “Into the Fire” and Coming Out Renewed {On The Sun Magazine’s Retreat}

Just back from another great trip to Wildacres for The Sun Magazine's “Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing" retreat. “Life-changing,” said a fellow Pilgrim Writer who went with me. I don’t think she’s overstating the matter. Top-notch presenters, beautiful scenery, good food, and kindred spirits. Plus, it’s in western North Carolina, my soul’s … Continue reading Walking “Into the Fire” and Coming Out Renewed {On The Sun Magazine’s Retreat}