The prompt words for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge this week are Afraid and Grave – #SynonymsOnly.
Eleven years ago this time, a drastic decision was made that changed my life. I was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in the female organ. The doctors proposed a treatment plan using a combination of five aggressive drugs. My daughter and I read the descriptions and the side effects of the drugs, I commented, “The drugs may kill me before killing the cancer.”
It was a tough decision to make and I had to make it fast. The caner went from stage II to stage IV in three months. Without the treatment, I would have died sooner. With the treatment, there was a chance to live. I wanted to live for a while longer to enjoy the reunion with my daughter after five years of isolation, seeing her only once during those years. I accepted the six months of harsh chemotherapy, three surgeries and one month of radiation. I’m grateful to be alive.
The prompt words for Colleen’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge are Ghost and Hollow. Synonyms Only.
Mr. Taniguchi hooked one end of the rope to his waist belt, attached the other to the entrance post of Aokigahara Forest located along the foot of Mount Fuji. He released the rolling rope as he proceeded, passing the sign of “No Entry.”
He saw many strings but found them ended in bushes. Hours into the patrol, he discovered a pair of weathered shoes. Brushing the leaves aside, a skeleton was revealed.
He took photos, got out several signs and nailed them on the trees. They read, “Don’t Commit Suicide. Your Life Is Precious.” He traced his way back.
The prompt for Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge is Fall & Try, #SynonymsOnly.
The fall season is a delightful time to be in Portland, Oregon. The leaves are changing colors. Some trees are changing gradually. some changed completely. I’m glad my camera is always with me to capture these moments.
Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt is Vigor and Energy, Synonyms Only.
I was invited to do a PowerPoint presentation on Thursday, September 22, 2018, to a group of writers and authors. Some members of this group have published many books without many sales. The coordinator of this group asked me to demonstrate how to create a blog as part of networking and promotion of their books.
In addition to the process of creating a blog, I included some websites from WordPress and some blogs provide blogging tips and support, networking, and promotion. These blogs have been a personal help to me. I was able to answer their questions regarding the following blogs.
Below the introduction is a quote from the psychiatrists Carl Jung.
Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation – the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of the individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best-known psychological concepts, including Read more