Where Do You Start?

Sometimes my high expectations of myself get in the way of my starting something. I think I have to be able to bike many miles if I’m going to get on my bike at all. Fortunately, I have learned a few things while living with myself these many years. Now, on my first bike ride […]

See Me Radiantly Healthy

In the last 3 weeks, 3 new cancer diagnoses popped up in our circle. One newly diagnosed person asked me about my experiences coping with cancer. I am still distilling my experiences, and it is helpful to reflect on what was and is helpful, to me and possibly to others.It was helpful to be told […]


Green Crops Feed Us All Growing Rainbow Blessing Now Love Joy Beauty Here   Shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis last May, I wrote healing statements for myself: I choose life. I am clear about my next steps to support myself in living a radiantly healthy, happy, long, productive life. Repeatedly, I set my intention to […]

Aliens Watching TV

Hey, I love the haiku you are sharing, thank you! As a part of me is creating art by following my intuition, another part of me is sitting back and watching with a smirk on her face. A fairly kind and gentle smirk. As the shapes in the painting above (or to the left, depending […]

Honoring the Artist Within

  For those of you who live near Minneapolis-St. Paul, you are invited to Honoring the Inner Artist, a talk I am doing for Minnesota Contemporary Quilters on Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Textile Center. I will talk about my spiritual practices, healing, and artmaking, with LOTS of show and tell of […]

Making Chemo Work for Me

First, a thank you to those of you who are sharing these posts with others who may be in recovery from breast cancer or with those who are interested in expressive arts (fiber art, painting, poetry, etc .) and healing.   After a bilateral mastectomy, my treatment included 5 months of chemotherapy. The side effects […]

What’s so funny about having cancer?

The diagnosis of breast cancer last May brought me deeper into my body and into my present. Wide awake, I’ve been able to be an observer of myself and those who are with me in my treatment experiences. Not only is laughter good medicine, but there really is a lot of funny business in the […]

How about that!

I didn’t have to wait for My funeral to see how Deeply loved I am.   As always, I invite you to comment and/or to write your own haiku (3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about the topic of your choice. See Healer Becomes Heal-ee for more description about my process of using this form […]

I do believe in healing after a cancer diagnosis.

At the end of the dock, Joy In her healing cloak And crown, feet giggly and wet.                         Many of you are trying haiku and then posting them here or emailing them to me. A few of you haven’t tried it yet. I encourage you to write your own haiku (pronounced Hi-coo), which is […]

I don’t believe in fighting cancer.

My body, not a war zone, But a joy garden Flowering where cancer left.   As always, I invite you to comment and/or  to write your own haiku (3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about the topic of your choice. To see other haiku about my recovery journey, click “breast cancer” in the […]