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New Book Is Here: “There’s Always a Miracle, True Stories of Life Before and After Death”

For years I have thought about writing down my experiences with death – and the afterlife.  Mysterious things have happened to me personally.  In addition, I have had brushes with the other side through my patients, especially Hospice patients. I have written many poems about people’s final moments – the suffering, the connections, the unexpected…Read More »



Engaging Poetry Line by Line

I love being “in” poetry – immersed in the best language driven by intense feeling. In order to do this more fully, I decided to create a poetry practice for myself.  Each day I select one line or phrase from a favorite, or newly discovered, poet, write or type it out, tape it to the…Read More »



Publishing in Twenty-Sixteen

  Writing poetry is the fun part. Attempting publication can seem over-whelming, risky and time-consuming.  But worth it for a number of reasons.  In 2016, I am making ‘sending out my poems’ a positive component of my poetry practice.  Here is my plan: Daily affirmation. For me, setting the right spirit makes a huge difference. My…Read More »



Into the Beauty

  One day during my Hospice years, my schedule included a patient usually assigned to another nurse who was now on vacation. The notes said that she was fine; resting comfortably and that this would be a routine visit. The Adult Family Home where she was spending her final days was quiet and clean. When…Read More »

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