Hopefully, this picture helps convey that I’m an on-the-go sort of person; it was taken on a fun Seattle jaunt. I make it a point to seek interesting, positive experiences with diverse people. I am powerfully drawn to all natural as well as city landscapes. First and last, tag me as a lover of life!
I let my stories organically arise from life’s beauty and sorrows. I’m a lifelong writer– of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, writing at least three days a week. Story is my truest love although all the arts, as well as nature, invigorate my being and doing. All arts and sciences instruct me well. Living in the great Pacific Northwest, I avail myself of fabulous material.
A retired addictions and mental health clinician who worked in human services over thirty years, I provided counseling to different folks, from troubled youth to Native American clients to the homeless and also the frail elderly. In this work has been woven manifold tales of hardship and loss, courage and triumph. And in the meantime, I raised five children; now seven grandchildren thrive with their care. Living amid trees and hills and surrounded by mountains, I am deeply thankful even in these unsettled times.
It means a lot to be a part of a community of bloggers. 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, sustained hope. A central tenet of my living and writing is that we are spiritual beings cloaked in human bodies; when we reawaken to this we can share the powerful compassion of Divine Love. This transforms us and others. Nature also teaches me daily.
Though I was raised in a family of musicians, I chose writing over the performing arts–except for poetry readings! Several pieces of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have been published over the decades. It was an honor to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a novel-in-progress excerpt published in the anthology VoiceCatcher. I also admire and enjoy the visual arts so share with you some photographs, though just one photo has ever been published.
I have now blogged here for 11 years and am so grateful for all the followers that have come by. As time passes, I am happy to keep meeting other bloggers and sharing my offerings. I share my truth in hope that you may find something of value and also connect. Living well (especially when life is harder) is my passion, writing the instrument to better understand it and share more richly with others.
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Regards and blessings, Cynthia