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  • After reading Jari as well as other sprouts from his work, I too can say that staying with the process of writing can be in itself a test of faith.

    Years ago I began to journal and write poetry, but mostly for myself rarely sharing with anyone. Then finally returning to college at middle age inspired and challenged by writing assignments, I began to realize how cleansing this process was for me. However, I also still struggled with the concept of reader response to my creativity. Needless to say my ego easily got in the way of my creative process.

    I guess the first time I really delved into writing as a true reflective process was when I began to experience the dying of relatives and friends. A friend passed away at 40 years of age, I was devastated to think that this childhood friend was gone. Then within months of this loss, my godfather died. The only thing I could do was sit on my bed and write and write and write.

    I haven't stop since then; however, I am in need of encouragement in order to find direction sometimes. The most recent came directly from my mother as we entered into a journey of dying together. I was her caretaker for quite a few years, but it was the last two years of her life that brought me to a new understanding of my writing process and the love I have for words from the heart.

    Cowbird is a wonderful way for heart sharing and I am each morning blessed by the many words shared that help guide my day, my creative process, my heart's own need to share my stories, my truth, my creative expression. Thanks to all my cowbird community.
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