August 27, 2020: A Shift in Focus

“Writing the Heart” is changing its focus. Thanks to the inspiration from those who’ve written and shared their stories in my many writing groups, I’ve come to believe that writing about illness is ultimately writing about life. “Writing the Heart” is expanding its focus to life, past and present, or in other words, what one’s heart cannot forget.

…The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away,
everything it lost and found again, and everyone
it loved, the heart cannot forget.

(from”What the Heart Cannot Forget,” by Joyce Sutphen, in Coming Back to the Body, 2000)

The primary change (including this new look) is that this blog site is no longer focused only on heart failure, but rather, the “life” of the heart: the people, experiences and places we “carry in our hearts”. My hope is that those of you who follow the blog might be inspired to write and share stories, essays and poems from your own lives–which include illness as well as other significant or memorable life experiences. (For posts and writing suggestions specifically related to the lived experience of heart failure, you can find these in the archive.)

I hope you will be inspired to write about your life, whether from the heart or about the heart as I am.

Best wishes,

Sharon

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