The great French author Sidonie Gabrielle Colette said, “I’ve had a wonderful life. I only wish I had realized it sooner.” I have quoted her for years. Only recently I realized that her saying applies to me, too.
I’ve been on the healing path for 35 years, and believe me, it's been a long trip! I've grown a lot, in ways I could not have predicted or even imagined. I created The Inn by the Healing Path to record the journey and help other people get here too.
Stories are my favorite tools for healing. A long career as nurse, health coach, social activist, parent, journalist and person with multiple sclerosis (MS) has brought me powerful stories from all kinds of people. I report on them and others I have found. I have written books on self-care and others on the social causes and cures of chronic illness. I blog regularly about diabetes, MS, and spiritual growth.
I will keep telling these stories as long as I am able. I hope you visit The Inn by the Healing Path often and tell others about it. I look forward to traveling this path with you.
What is your writing process?
I try to write every day, usually at night when others sleep. Meditation is an important part of my process. I can't think things up, but I can let them come to me. It's kind of amazing what the mind takes in when it stops chattering.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think I was about 6 years old. Something about fish. I've always liked telling stories, and as life goes on, their importance keeps growing. Stories are how people learn. They are how we connect ourselves to the world. Stories are my medium of healing.
Collections of healing stories with exercises readers can do to deepen understanding and put the stories to use in their lives. Upcoming books - Reasons to Live, Power of Nonjudgment, Book of Miracles, Animal Wisdom, Letting Go, and Coming Home
Seven stories on the themes of healing through nonjudgment, acceptance, and letting go. Features the Japanese wisdom of wabi-sabi, a new look at the Book of Job, radical forgiveness as practiced in restorative justice programs, and practical strategies for letting go and moving on. Includes exercises for applying the stories to your own life.
Seven inspiring true stories of healing through committing to our reasons to live: the things that excite us, motivate us, get us out of bed in the morning. Each story is followed by questions for self-help.
A short book of true healing stories, The Inn by the Healing Path is a place of comfort on the heroes' journey called life. After reading, you will feel stronger and have new ideas for your own journey. Book 1 Never Alone highlights people who heal difficult lives by supporting and learning from each other, sharing and loving, being role models, finding help, and seeing the value of who they are.