About

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Hello and welcome! I am a retired addictions and mental health clinician who has worked in the human services field for over thirty years. But I am first and last a writer who now writes full-time.

The quest for peace and wholeness profoundly affects me, whether I am face-to-face with others or involved in other creative and spiritual activities. Healing happens in this world. We can all be part of the process.

Language can illuminate and renew life. It has never been more crucial for all to find one’s voice and be heard, especially those who’ve lost personal power and with it, hope. A central tenet of my living is that God resides within us and when we recognize this we are more able to give and receive compassion/Divine Love. Nature, too, informs me well with enrichment of body, mind and soul. I’ve not had an easy life; I was born with flaws as well as assets, as we all are. I choose to embrace life, and to share the wonderments that unfold within and without.

I am passionate about the arts with a history of engagement in music, dance, theater and visual arts as well as writing. I have published fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. It was an honor to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a novel-in-progress excerpt published in an issue of the anthology VoiceCatcher. 

I’m happy to have you along for this adventure and the tales it reveals. I hope you find something of interest. Let me know your thoughts as you read, as well.

57 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Cynthia, I always read your stories and I’d like to say I love them very much! You have such interesting and wonderful manner of speaking. Thank you for sharing with us your looks on this world!
    Elena Sljusar

  2. WordPress, or possibly my settings won’t allow me to ‘like’ your stories from your blog. However, I’ve been reading them every time I raise my head above my task list. Your descriptive power is amazing. I’d love to ask you some questions if you’d email me 🙂 ashawlowm53@gmail.com

  3. Dear Cynthia,

    I attempted to reply to your recent e-mail, but it was returned to me as undeliverable because of an address error. I suspect that the address that you typed into the e-mail form on my website may contain a simple typo – a mistake that’s all too easy to make. So I’m using this as an alternate way to respond to your request. I have no objection to your use of a few of my images. By chance, I sometimes find my stuff being shared on personal blogs, and I’m typically glad to see it being appreciated and featured in that way. Citing proper attribution is important, of course. But please use them and enjoy! I’ll be curious to see which images you choose, and in what context they turn up. Be aware, however: I construct my website in an unconventional way that allows for more creative control over the appearance of the pages – so if you do a “drag-and-drop” to grab an image from the site, you’ll find that the text and background will come right along with it. If you know the basics of cropping with any standard photo-processing application, you’ll be able to crop away the unwanted stuff quite easily. But if you have trouble, just let me know.

    Kit

    1. Hello Kit,

      Thanks for the immediate reply. Sorry an error made it more difficult to respond but it worked out.

      I’m pleased you are granting me permission to use your images on my blog. I look forward to using one as a “prompt’ to spur my imagination and write a short story soon. Attribution requirement understood. Come back sometime and discover what unfurls in words.

      Regards,

      Cynthia

  4. I like to read things from other perspectives and we share some similar interests…writing, poems, and mental health. That’s why I “like” your stuff. 🙂

  5. an annoying post script, since you have taken the time more than once to provide enriched feedback–I post on more than one blog. One is shared with four other women writers. You mistakenly commented on an excellent post by my blogging colleague thinking you were addressing me. That is NO problem. It does make me curious how you reached that blog and not my own, which is http://anothersideofjune.wordpress.com/ and perhaps worthy or a glance, when time permits…cheers

  6. This is the profile of a lovely person. Glad to have you on the planet. May you stay well-fueled and nourished on your path.

  7. I think you’re on the right track with your belief in the power of language for healing, but it isn’t language in the abstract that does this. I think language itself is rather limiting. What helps us transcend the incomprehensible or inexpressible is story. Story and myth are metaphors for life, or as Kenneth Burke said, “Stories are equipment for living.”

    Nice blog. Your stories equip readers.

    1. You have a good point. The human language we share, if not infused with the power of feeling and spiritual energies, can be of little use. But since this is the primary conduit for who we are and what we offer each other (other than non-verbal language) we try our best to utilize its gifts. As a counselor I have discovered that those who have not spoken their truths, even simply and shyly, are freed when they are allowed and encouraged to do so. Story as “equipment for living”…a perfect quote! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and engage in a dialogue! Regards.

  8. Congratulations on your nomination !
    As a daughter of a mother who suffered terribly from addiction I appreciate all that you do. Her’s was the 60’s time period where dr’s thought valium and codiene cured everything.
    Thank you for your kind words , all the best to you 🙂

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