About

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My photos reflect some of who I am via places I love to be as I explore two of my great passions, outdoors and inside near my desk– where I spend 6-8 hours writing per day, up to four times a week. And I write on the go, too. Story is my true love and it is everywhere.

I am a retired addictions and mental health clinician who has worked in human services over thirty years. In that work were manifold stories of hardship, loss, courage and triumph. Now I can devote to writing as much as myself as possible. Time is precious. Five children have long been raised, my husband works (not for too long, we hope) so the house is quiet. Since I have survived several health crises, I greet each day with anticipation and gratitude.

Language can well illuminate and renew life. It has never been more crucial for each person to find his or her voice and be heard, especially those who’ve lost personal power and with it, enough hope. A central tenet of my living and writing is that God resides within us and about us and when we reawaken to this we are able to give and receive powerful compassion of Divine Love. This, alone, transforms us. Nature also informs me with enrichment of body, mind and soul. I’ve not had an easy life; suffering is something humans all have in common even if we do not see it at first. So, too, we share a kaleidoscope of wonders, the pleasures of learning, the fulfillment of sharing our lives. When I am most actively engaging in life, the more dynamic living on earth becomes.

The arts became integral to my life in infancy. I was raised in a musical, performing family. I’ve enjoyed a personal history with music, dance,ย theater and visual arts as well as writing. I have published some of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry over many decades. I like to draw and paint; photography later became another great adventure (even published a photo, to my surprise). It was an honor to be nominated forย a Pushcart Prize for a novel excerpt published in an issue of the anthology VoiceCatcher. It’s all about the joy of inspiration and the labor of honing skills, then sharing results. A strong thread that runs through all this is that the arts heal as well as entertain.

I’m happy to have you along for the ride as I craft the tales that find me, waiting to be revealed. I hope you find something of interest. Let me know your thoughts as you read and look about!

 

61 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Cynthia – I saw your comment on Liana’s blog and clicked on your name because it’s familiar, but I can’t figure out why. I still can’t but I have a poor memory…is it because I’ve seen your comments before? Or have I run across you locally, around Seattle? Anyway, I’m scratching my head.

    1. Hello bluebrightly, I kind of recall your WP moniker…I live in the NW–Portland–but it’s not so likely our paths have crossed. I had a sister, now deceased, who lived in Issaquah for many years so visited often up there. I also attended a writers’ conference in Edmunds last fall so perhaps that is it. In any case, thanks for stopping by–I will check out your blog. Regards.

      1. It must be seeing your name on comments on blogs that’s made it familiar, because I haven’t done any writing workshops and I haven’t lived in the area ll that long so wouldn’t know your sister. In any case, nice to meet you!

  2. Dear Cynthia, I always read your stories and I’d like to say I love them very much! You have such interesting and wonderful manner of speaking. Thank you for sharing with us your looks on this world!
    Elena Sljusar

  3. WordPress, or possibly my settings won’t allow me to ‘like’ your stories from your blog. However, I’ve been reading them every time I raise my head above my task list. Your descriptive power is amazing. I’d love to ask you some questions if you’d email me ๐Ÿ™‚ ashawlowm53@gmail.com

  4. Dear Cynthia,

    I attempted to reply to your recent e-mail, but it was returned to me as undeliverable because of an address error. I suspect that the address that you typed into the e-mail form on my website may contain a simple typo – a mistake that’s all too easy to make. So I’m using this as an alternate way to respond to your request. I have no objection to your use of a few of my images. By chance, I sometimes find my stuff being shared on personal blogs, and I’m typically glad to see it being appreciated and featured in that way. Citing proper attribution is important, of course. But please use them and enjoy! I’ll be curious to see which images you choose, and in what context they turn up. Be aware, however: I construct my website in an unconventional way that allows for more creative control over the appearance of the pages – so if you do a “drag-and-drop” to grab an image from the site, you’ll find that the text and background will come right along with it. If you know the basics of cropping with any standard photo-processing application, you’ll be able to crop away the unwanted stuff quite easily. But if you have trouble, just let me know.

    Kit

    1. Hello Kit,

      Thanks for the immediate reply. Sorry an error made it more difficult to respond but it worked out.

      I’m pleased you are granting me permission to use your images on my blog. I look forward to using one as a “prompt’ to spur my imagination and write a short story soon. Attribution requirement understood. Come back sometime and discover what unfurls in words.

      Regards,

      Cynthia

  5. Thank you very much for following and commenting my blog “Fill the Empty Spaces”! I love your blog that filled the different versatile stories… ๐Ÿ™‚ Therefore, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please get the badge at http://wp.me/p3z6Kf-Ey ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!

  6. I like to read things from other perspectives and we share some similar interests…writing, poems, and mental health. That’s why I “like” your stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. an annoying post script, since you have taken the time more than once to provide enriched feedback–I post on more than one blog. One is shared with four other women writers. You mistakenly commented on an excellent post by my blogging colleague thinking you were addressing me. That is NO problem. It does make me curious how you reached that blog and not my own, which is http://anothersideofjune.wordpress.com/ and perhaps worthy or a glance, when time permits…cheers

  8. This is the profile of a lovely person. Glad to have you on the planet. May you stay well-fueled and nourished on your path.

  9. I think you’re on the right track with your belief in the power of language for healing, but it isn’t language in the abstract that does this. I think language itself is rather limiting. What helps us transcend the incomprehensible or inexpressible is story. Story and myth are metaphors for life, or as Kenneth Burke said, “Stories are equipment for living.”

    Nice blog. Your stories equip readers.

    1. You have a good point. The human language we share, if not infused with the power of feeling and spiritual energies, can be of little use. But since this is the primary conduit for who we are and what we offer each other (other than non-verbal language) we try our best to utilize its gifts. As a counselor I have discovered that those who have not spoken their truths, even simply and shyly, are freed when they are allowed and encouraged to do so. Story as “equipment for living”…a perfect quote! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and engage in a dialogue! Regards.

  10. Congratulations on your nomination !
    As a daughter of a mother who suffered terribly from addiction I appreciate all that you do. Her’s was the 60’s time period where dr’s thought valium and codiene cured everything.
    Thank you for your kind words , all the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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