Creative Nonfiction, Gumby of Literary Genres

“Creative nonfiction is a gloriously flexible genre. What we don’t know or can’t know doesn’t have to wreck our writing. Instead, what seemed at first to be only an empty space can be an opportunity to shape and expand a narrative, exploring the gaps and writing our way through the myths.”  –Jessica Handler, author ofContinue reading “Creative Nonfiction, Gumby of Literary Genres”

Don’t Be Trolling: “A Typo Is Just a Typo”

“…resist the temptation to post those ‘gotcha’ comments online, pouncing on every its for it’s. While you’re busy fussing, you’re failing to read for knowledge, inspiration, or pleasure.”

Downplaying symptoms: just pretend it’s NOT a heart attack

Originally posted on Heart Sisters:
by Carolyn Thomas  ♥ @HeartSisters When a blockage or spasm in one or more of your coronary arteries stops allowing freshly oxygenated blood to feed your heart muscle, a heart attack can happen. The faster that you can access emergency treatment to address that culprit artery, the better your chance…

Be Thanking

Living on pins, needles these past months since Surviving a second heart attack in eleven years I’m finally Beginning to relax, Feeling better, better than back to normal, lighter, back to Working at my Marketing job for a Publishing company, which isn’t all that creative but freed me to reserve my creative energies for Digging into deep thesis revisions, finallyContinue reading “Be Thanking”

Which Way to the Vomitorium?

As I’ve mentioned before, being a mom to this particular son* is a gas—and always educational. This morning I decided to visit him in his room before he fully woke up and remembered his mother irritates him to no end. He rewarded me by reading aloud, in Latin and then English, selections from “Which Way toContinue reading “Which Way to the Vomitorium?”

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Originally posted on wellfesto:
Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter…

But Looking Marvelous Would Be Nice Too: Inching Back to Normal

My previous post generated an outpouring of love in a variety of forms—compassion and empathy, mainly, and also soup—so I feel compelled to offer an update. Here it is. Great news! I’m back to my usual state of feeling better than I look! I’ve had three consecutive, fairly “normal” health and energy days. I am hopeful this trendContinue reading “But Looking Marvelous Would Be Nice Too: Inching Back to Normal”

Healing The Heart with a Big Giant Kid and a Little Kiddie Lit

The second sweetest thing about cardiac recovery is the extravagance of time you find to loll on the screened porch playing the synopsis game with your 18 year-old son, who hasn’t yet read the books you’ve loved in college and half a lifetime, but who has read the books you loved and hated in high school but can’t recall.

How women can have heart attacks without having any blocked arteries

Originally posted on Heart Sisters:
by Carolyn Thomas  ♥ @HeartSisters Turns out that the kind of heart attack that I had (caused by a 99% blockage in the big left anterior descending coronary artery) – the so-called widowmaker heart attack – may actually be relatively uncommon  in women. You might guess that fact by its…

Writing Is Fun!

Today, while sculpting chapter intros for my thesis I got to use a really fun building material. It’s like the day your mom would drop you off at kindergarten, you’d enter the room and see waiting for your eager little hands blobs of green and red and yellow Play Doh on one activity table, Cheerios on another table; andContinue reading “Writing Is Fun!”