March 15th, 2010

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

Good Morning!


I am returned from a rich journey.   Steve kept the home fires going.  The "kitties" missed me, and Bella has acquired a wound which may require a trip to the vet today.  She is extra cuddly and in need of hugs and care.  She slept curled next to me.

I could say so many things, but I think I will begin here.

When we gathered together at the beautiful retreat center, we were each given an index card cut in half, and asked to answer three questions.  This was a concise way of introducing ourselves.   

The questions were:

Who am I?

Why am I here?

What do I hope to learn or gain?

I realize these questions are applicable to each day of our lives.

Who am I?

Why am I here, in this place, at this time, on this planet?

What do I hope to gain, learn, give?

We also wrote as our mothers to ourselves as we are now.  We could use a variety of forms - fiction, non-fiction, essay, memoir, journalist, poetry, recipe, screenplay.  I recommend it as a way to know our mother and ourselves.  

Can you imagine yourself as your mother?  What would she say to you?

Write her words in a form that appeals to you.  There are no rules.  Perhaps a painting works for you, a drawing, a collage.  

I think each of us came to a new understanding of our mothers through writing as them.  
alan - morning glory center

Book sales -


As you know, we chose to make a "book launch splash" on Amazon and asked you to order Breast Strokes through Amazon and certainly continue if that it is is easiest for you.  Many are wanting to mail the book out and that is a convenient way to send it to family and friends, but, if  you so choose, you can also go to your local book store and request them to order it for you.  We obviously prefer to support our "local independent book store," and gain a presence there.

This article shows how that can manifest.

I've been away from marketing thoughts though I did sell a surprising number of books while away. I continue to be shocked at the number of people who know people who so directly need this book, and I also continue to hear that this is not a book about cancer, but instead about an approach to life.

At this point, I feel distanced from the writer, so I, too, can learn from her intimacy with one particular immersion in what most of us perceive of as a difficult time.