With my people.

Just back from my first in-person writers conference in well over a year. The University of Northwestern in Minnesota is a wooded campus—perfect for meeting other writers, learning at the sessions, and reflecting on how to incorporate new ideas into my current project. And it was just wonderful being around other writers and seeing their faces!

Strong.

Continuing to share some of the quotes my late-husband collected.  I can picture him standing strong in a mountainous scene as I read this quote from Billy Graham:  “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.  Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.  When we take chair lifts high in the Alps to see the scenery, we gaze down from dizzying heights and see some of the most beautiful flowers found anywhere.  It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks before, these flowers were buried under many feet of snow.  The burdens of ice and winter storms have added to their luster and growth.  Our burdens can have the same effect on our lives… like trees that grow on mountain ridges.  Battered by wind, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood.”

Spreading support.

Everyone needs to be supported, and I am so grateful that Surviving the Pink Ribbon has a small part in that.  Thanks to Jill for this 5-star review of the book:  “A must for friends and family of breast cancer patient . . . It’s a great book to help friends and family understand what the patient is going through and how they can help support them.”

Visit with me in Racine on Saturday!

Thank you to Joe S. for his 5-star review:  “A guide to the rigors of fighting cancer, and so much more . . . Tears will fill your eyes, and hope will fill your heart if you or a loved one is battling cancer while reading this book.”  A reminder:  Arise in Racine is hosting a book signing for me on Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon – 2 pm.  They also have copies of “Surviving the Pink Ribbon” in stock now.  Would love to see you there!

Hope? Why not?

Although I don’t do resolutions for the new year, I see the transition as an opportunity to reexamine my purpose, realign my activities, and redirect my walk forward in faith.  Hope propels me.  After all, as I heard on a podcast yesterday:  “No one knows enough to be a pessimist” (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer).