Scattering Ashes: A Memoir of Letting Go by Joan Rough | Review

Scattering Ashes by Author Joan Rough

BOOK Description

When her alcoholic and emotionally abusive mother s health declines, Joan Rough invites her to move in with her. Rough longs to be the good daughter, helping her narcissistic mother face the reality of her coming death. But when repressed memories of childhood abuse by her mother arise, Rough is filled with deep resentment and hatred toward the woman who birthed her, and her dream of mending their tattered relationship shatters. Seven years later, when her mother dies, she is left with a plastic bag of her mother s ashes and a diagnosis of PTSD. What will she do with them?

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East Branch of Nashville Public Library

In Praise of Libraries and Bookmobiles | National Library Week

The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the
location of the library.

~ Albert Einstein

It’s National Library Week.

National Library WeekI don’t know about you, but several libraries played a role in my love of reading and, yes, writing. During National Library Week, I want to pay homage to Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist who believed in sharing his wealth by helping others. Among those institutions founded through his contributions are the buildings housing many of our country’s libraries.

Initially, architecturally these buildings were similar in design and construction. However, as times changed and styles changed, so did the buildings housing the Carnegie libraries. It was never the building that made the library; it was the books inside and the people who maintained the library.

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What I’m Learning About Self-Care | Writer’s Perspective (Part 2)

In my post a few days ago, I focused on the topic of self-care. I shared the things I believe I did wrong in caring for myself during my working life and the last few years as a writer. Today I want to share what I’ve learned along the way (and ignored). And I’ll share some new things I have read recently about caring for yourself as you write.

TIPS FOR INCLUDING SELF-CARE IN YOUR DAY

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. These are tips that work for me IF I remember to use them. If there is something you feel should be in this list, I hope you’ll share it in a comment below.

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What I’m Learning About Self-Care | Writer’s Perspective (Part 1)

The term “self-care” has been on the lips of many for some time, but not as often as since the election of 2016. In the days and months following, many were angry, frustrated, discouraged, depressed even. Self-care was the pathway for many to place those emotions on a shelf.

Putting the election aside, I want to look at self-care from a writer’s perspective. Based on my working and writing life experiences, I’ll share bad choices I made in caring for myself. Over the last 14 months have had time to ruminate over the past and how it played a part in my current situation.

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Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light by William P. Dunn IV | Review

Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light is the tragic story of a once young and happy wife and mother whose life was turned upside down by mental illness. Not only her life but the lives of her husband and two daughters took bizarre turns.

No one lifted hand to help, the law turned its back, her husband’s efforts to find her the help she needed were blocked at every step.

I have posted my review on Puddletown Reviews and offer a link here as this memoir is one that will perhaps someone you know. Feel free to share it wherever you will.

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Computer problems

Due to Technical and Physical Difficulties…

Combined technical and physical difficulties have overwhelmed me. For this reason, I’m signing off the blog, newsletter, and social media until both situations improve.

Consistently, I’m seeing the benefits of giving in to self-care as a priority. When I return, hopefully by March 1st, my plans include the topic of self-care for everyone, but with an emphasis on creatives and the pressures we place on ourselves.

My promise to never stop writing doesn’t need me to ignore caring for myself–and yes, my computer’s needs when it cries out.

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