Wow! Summer has just come and gone and here we are now in November! It’s been a full few months for me, with back to back Lost Borders programs, the Washington Guides Gathering in the Eastern Cascades, and travel to my family in Germany.
My last blog post was back in June! Writing has had to take the back seat for too long and I’ve been craving to make time for it. So much so, that I decided to take my laptop along, to the last wilderness program of the year that I just returned from a little while ago. With nightfall so early this time of year, I hauled up in the passenger seat of the truck at night, to sit and write (and to take a nice break from the relentless cold wind).
What began to form during my time in the Eureka Valley, is an exploration of the stories, the archetypical myths, that cancer evokes in us. While there are many other threatening and terminal diseases, cancer elicits the confrontation with death in a particularly edgy way. The mythos of a hostile take over of unwholesome, mutated, out of control cell growth aiming to kill us is unequivocally dark. But that’s only one story. An old story, and perhaps one in need of a fresh set of eyes…
But equally fascinating, if not more, are the stories that emerge in response to cancer. Because regardless of what medical treatments we decide on, we also choose to adapt a story about our cancer: why we got it, how we live with it or through it, and how it integrates into the greater story of our lives.
The piece has given me a run for my money! I was hoping to return from my time out with an article ready to post on this blog, but far from it. Instead, it has stirred a deeper inquiry in me and I know it will need some more time to reveal itself. So this is just a teaser note, to say “Yes, I’m writing (again)!” But it may take a little while before this piece finds its way into the light of day…
In the meantime, I want to share a 40-minute radio interview that I did in September, with Rev. Kristin Powell on Cancer as a Rite of Passage. A bit daunting because it made me realize how much I have yet to learn about public speaking 🙂 But in the spirit of beginner’s mind, here it is:
And here are a few short clips from it, on the topics listed below:
Diagnosis (3:37 minutes):
Treatment (5:02 minutes):
Survivorship (3:04 minutes):
As we are traveling into the oncoming darkness of days growing shorter, may we be able to make space for some quiet time, in the midst of this crazy human holiday business, to restore and resource ourselves. It is so essential to allow time in the fertile cauldron of this season, where memories are stirred, seasoned and simmered into the rich broth that will feed us anew on the other side, come spring.
May we continue to risk ourselves for what we love. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
With all my love,