Posted by: chlost | November 28, 2011

Writing Our Way Home

Last night, after I returned home from our weekend trip, I was sitting at the computer checking emails and news updates. It was sunset, and the view across the front yard was spectacular.

Last January, I  tried an online writing project called “A River of Stones”. It is one of the pages on this site. That project involved writing a “small stone”, a short description of everyday observations, each day during month of January. The same folks have begun a new project, this one called “Writing Our Way Home”. As part of the project, I am hoping to write similar small descriptions on a regular basis. More small stones of writing.

My goal is to exercise my writing mind. Unlike physical exercise where the goal is to decrease the size of my body-at least that is what I am told, I haven’t actually experienced it-the goal of this exercise is to expand my abilities to observe my world and my writing skills. We’ll see.

In any event, I have added a page to this site, and am hoping to post small stones there as they come to me. It may be boring and contain pure drivel to anyone else, but I will post them as I can. I am keeping them separate from this part of the site. There are now several versions of something I thought of last evening as I sat looking at the sunset. If you are interested, check it out.

As to the weekend, it is over. We buried my sister’s ashes and had a small family ceremony. My brother, a former minister, coordinated the ceremony. It was very moving, very nice. And it is done. The relief is nearly palpable to me.

The family went out for a lunch and lifted our glasses in a toast to my sister…….”To Kathleen, To Family, To Life, L’Chaim!”



  1. I hope you’re able to finally find peace. May the memory of your sister be a blessing.

    • Thank you so much.

  2. When my sister died, my dad asked if I would keep her ashes as he had my mother’s. I had never been close to my sister but I thought it fitting that she reside on a shelf in my kitchen since she hated to cook. I’m not sure that’s a fitting comment so I would not be upset if you deleted it, but it is what came to mind when reading your post.

    • At least you had your sister’s ashes with you. The fact that my sister’s ashes had been left at the funeral home is what was so difficult. I imagine your sister somewhere, laughing about the irony of her current location.

  3. *hugs* I’m glad you were finally able to settle your sisters ashes. I hope you will all now be able to be at peace as well.

    • Thank you. It has made a difference.

  4. I am so glad for the peace–or relief?–you can now feel. That waiting was agonizing, I know.

    Hurrah to you on the daily writing. To get words out of our heads and then try to shape them is profoundly difficult; it’s work so hard very few take it on, and even fewer succeed. I was helping edit something for my 11-year-old this past weekend, and she got frustrated with how long I was taking. She thought it would be an easy cruise and BAM, it would be done. Never. It’s true labor.

    But the rewards are immense. Good for you.

    • I am doing a little more writing. It is not on a daily basis, though. Unless you count the writing in my head.

  5. I’m glad you were able to finally have a burial for you sister. I will echo Sank, may her memory be only for a blessing.

    Am looking forward to viewing those stones. Good for you!

  6. It’s good that you could have a ceremony with your family.

    I’ve just read your River of Stones and they are beautiful. Such lyricism.

  7. I’ve never made use of the writing prompt sites, but I think I should and I admire you for doing so. I’ll visit your stones.

    Relieved that your ceremony for your sister is done, a better thing to look back on than forward toward.

  8. Sorry to hear about your sister. Hope things are better soon. Writing is my outlet too. I’m sure yours is amazing!

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. Therapeutic writing….it helps.

  9. I’m very belatedly catching up. I’m so glad you were finally able to experience those moments and say goodbye to your sister in a way that feels more right. Best of luck on your new writing adventure!

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