Category Archives: cancer


Last night I caught just a bit of a Minnesota Public Television program with Kevin Kling. Kling, a Minnesota storyteller of great accent and great talent, was speaking to On Being host Krista Tippett about resiliency. Kling was born with physical disabilities, … Continue reading

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Art in the House

One of the things that was important to me right away after the diagnosis was to get art in the house. There was one print, particularly, that I wanted to get framed. Then a friend who is a letterpress artist … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone

I know there will be times on this journey when I will feel alone. But right now a surprising thing is that it isn’t just my friends and family keeping me company– my medical care providers in a strange way … Continue reading

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Good Reads

Lest you think I am not in the best place ever to convalesce, here are three things about today. 1. Steve brought back my favorite chair from his collection for me to sit in (there’s an ottoman, too). 2. It snowed … Continue reading

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Ways to Pray for Healing

The poem about carrying images and other prayers is ready to share. I posted it on Cowbird, which is a lovely platform for poetry with multiple images. To read it, go here: I am so grateful for people who have … Continue reading

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Chemo, day 1

Here it is, March 1st. March is the month that gives us hope for spring up here, and in this El Nino year, might include a fair amount of spring weather. Today is the day I started chemotherapy. Day 1 … Continue reading

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“The Prayers of All Good People Are Good”

I used to teach Willa Cather’s My Antonia quite often when I taught English at community colleges. It is still one of my favorite books. The one line that has stayed with me all these years is one said by Jim Burden’s … Continue reading

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