About

Welcome!

I hope this picture conveys something of the fact that I am an on-the-go sort of person, and seek here and there for interesting experiences of place and people and the natural landscapes from which stories always organically arise. I am a lifelong writer– of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, at my desk an average 8 hours working on a piece, at least three days a week. Story is my truest love although all the arts, as well as nature, invigorate and instruct in my being and doing. And living in the great Pacific Northwest, I can avail myself of some fabulous raw material.

I’m also a retired addictions and mental health clinician who worked in human services over thirty years, providing counseling and resources to everyone from troubled youth to the frail elderly. In that work were manifold tales of hardship, loss, courage and triumph. Five children have long been raised and my husband still is working so our place, sitting among woods and hills, is an oasis of quiet and calm. I enjoy creative activity in a variety of mediums, so even dance about and sing a bit (tried flamenco but a hiking injury put the kibosh to that).

Language can so 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, adequate 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, can transform us. Nature also enriches immeasurably the body, mind and soul.

I was raised in a musical, performing family. I’ve enjoyed a personal history with music, dance, 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 adventure (once randomly published a photo, to my surprise). It was an honor to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a novel excerpt published in an issue of the anthology VoiceCatcher. It’s all about the joy of inspiration and labor of honing skills–then sharing results. I believe the arts heal as well as entertain.

I know for sure that we all suffer, love, endure losses and yet continue to grow as individuals, and equally certain we need one another, even if not always in face-to-face meetings. We have blogs as one way to connect, and I’m happy to have you along for the ride as I craft tales that find me and set my soul flying. Please try out a post or two–I hope you find something of interest, and let me know what you think!

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 πŸ™‚ 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… πŸ™‚ Therefore, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please get the badge at http://wp.me/p3z6Kf-Ey πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

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