Parts of Speech
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 22 June 2010 18:46“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
There are times when we find ourselves looking at our lives from the outside through a kind of bizarre-fitted bubble. I think everybody goes through it at least once, probably more as years pass.
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 08 June 2010 17:40“…I had never heard the term core biopsy. I didn’t know about radiation or sentinel node biopsy. I didn’t know what these things meant…Knowledge is power. Without it we’re lost.” —Jaclyn Smith, about breast cancer diagnosis.
Lung, breast, lymph nodes, colorectal, skin. These are cancers that have shown up in my family. Some have been beaten and others are still being fought. It’s scary to realize that everyone who wakes up in the morning is fair game. Cancer isn’t picky.
When my mom was diagnosed with lymphoma, I didn’t even know what it was. Who would think a woman who rarely got more than a mild cold would end up with cancer centralized around the immune system?
Think lung cancer only affects smokers? It...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 25 May 2010 19:15“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”—Ernest Hemingway
It’s been called many things. Karma. Serendipity. Fate. Coincidence. Personally, I prefer “the power of action.”
I don’t know how common this is, if I’m one of a million more people who find things at the exact moment I need them, or if I’m singly being tapped on the shoulder.
I should clarify that. By “find,” I don’t mean stumble upon. I mean making a choice that moves me in the right direction. And by “things,” I don’t mean possessions. I mean (figurative) tools.
My daughter asked me tonight what had happened to the tiger background she had put on my computer desktop. Last week I replaced it...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:17“I thought, isn’t that just like life. One day you’re smoking crack under Grand Central, the next you’re addressing the U.N.” —Lee Stringer
In 1996, Joan Osborne sang “One of Us”: “What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus…tryin’ to make his way home?”
That same year, Lee Stringer was homeless, strung out and living under the tracks at Grand Central Station in New York City. Beside him, a crack pipe and a long, skinny, cylinder shaped instrument. The pipe was empty, so he went to work pushing the cylinder tool into it, trying to loosen any leftover cocaine residue. He smoked what he had scavenged, but soon found himself with an empty pipe, staring blankly at the...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:34“If just one person believes in you, deep enough, and strong enough, believes in you...hard enough and long enough, it stands to reason, that someone else will think, “If he can do it, I can do it.” Making it two whole people, who believe in you; deep enough, and strong enough, believe in you. Hard enough and long enough...Making it three people you can say: believe in me.... And if three whole people, why not—four? And if four whole people, why not—more, and more, and more…. It stands to reason that you yourself will start to see what everybody sees in you.... And maybe even you, can believe in you... too.” —“Just One Person,” song performed by The Muppets, youtube.com/watch?v=FLnyK7 DG0CA)
One of my daughters, and...
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