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  • This a great post Jeannine! I too, suffer from similar ailments and there sure are those days when you feel really bad physically. Then your emotions do a swan dive right along and soon nothing seems worth doing. Yet, I am at my best when writing and it does distract me from the pain for a little while. One of my doctors told me-“You have to write-otherwise you don’t have anything to live for.” At first I was shocked but he’s correct. On the days I don’t write and read, I’m not much fun to anybody including myself. So I don’t force it, but if I can even get 15 minutes in I feel better. Luckily with a typewriter or notebook I can stop and start pretty much anywhere I want. My goal is to have at least one book out!

    I also wanted to let you know that I got my package from you and it is wonderful. Talk about a day brightener! More like a whole week brightener! Hoping to savor it over the weekend. Thanks so much!

    October 20, 2017
  • Kasey Jueds

    As always, such a compassionate, profoundly thoughtful post. Thank you thank you for it! You were reading my mind/heart somehow, and it’s lovely to feel understood, supported, and not-alone. Completely agree about the poetry angst, and that it’s challenging to find a place/way to express that, a place to feel less isolated in those feelings. So much gratitude to you, Jeannine, for creating a place like that. And for making it so tender, inviting, inclusive, and kind.

    October 20, 2017
  • Melanie

    I’d mind, Jeannine. A lot. I scurry off to read poems you’ve published elsewhere, and I root for your conditions to wane enough for you to have a good life regardless. I tell people about your poetry, and I give your books as gifts.

    You might not know it, but a lot of people would mind.

    That said – peace. Make good choices.

    October 20, 2017
  • I second what Melanie said and add do what is good and right for you. But whatever you do, please do not choose because you think no one would notice or mind. We would – all of us.

    October 20, 2017
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Thank you guys for your encouragement. I appreciate it.

    October 20, 2017
  • I tealkyvrelated to this post about poetry angst. You are always an inspiration to me!

    October 21, 2017
  • Sorry for my typo above….should say: I really related….

    October 21, 2017

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