Zombie-scrolling and heart pangs

You are worthy, you are enough

To share your story is to heal

Own your voice, own your power

Your heart is your compass 

We’ve all zombie-scrolled through social media and stopped at inspirational quotes like these when they hit a tender spot. You take in their message and nod with hopeful resolve to be that exemplary self you see in the Mirror of Memes. Maybe you’ve even saved a few to a folder labeled Self-Care. But, open that folder in a few months and you’re likely to read a litany of unfulfilled longings.

Read More
Sam UhlComment
December, lighting the touchstone of community

The holidays magnify all of the joy—and sadness—of the relationships we have nurtured, treasured, and lost through the years. December can be emotionally sunny, windy, or heavy as wet snow. And yet, we use it as an annual touchstone to reflect on love and to celebrate the community we have, near or far.

This year, all of my family and friends fall into the “far” category, and we do it in a part of the world that gets and stays dark for longer than we do back home on the East Coast of the US. Fred and I stay in touch mostly through Facebook, posting our occasional weekend excursions around Germany and scrolling through the lives of our connections to follow the ebb and flow of your lives, feeling as close as we can…

Read More
Sam UhlComment
The Magical Talking Stick that brings out the listening in all of us

In this month of gathering together and sharing stories, I’d like to welcome guest author, friend, and coach Marilyn Shannon to share her experience with a magical talking stick she introduced me to years ago. The idea stuck with me so deeply that I want to share it with you here. Bring your love, your curiosity, and your listening heart to the season this year and learn how a magical talking stick can change your world, one person at a time. …

Read More
Sam UhlComment
Write a memoir from your journals

I may be a memoir writer, but I’m a terrible journaler. I love pretty ones, leather ones wrapped with string, and journals made from uncut paper.

When I get a new one, I write as if my life depended on it. But all too soon, it’s too hot to write or the dog needs to snuggle. Rarely do I fill all the pages. Even so, I eventually get down on paper—or into my laptop—what I need to from my heart, soul, and brain.

There are prayer journals, travel journals, daily task journals, emotional venting journals, and gratitude journals. These are all commendable, but what do you do with them as they stack up in boxes the closet…

Read More
Welcome Back to The Cheerful Word!

At The Cheerful Word, we all write memoir. That is my heart and soul and mission. Some people who come here are brand new writers, exploring life story for the first time. Other friends pop in for a visit to immerse themselves in writing; to stir the creative juices, gaining inspiration from fellow writers and get back on track. Yet others are returning for guidance and to put a finishing touch on a manuscript before submitting to us for consideration to publish.

Read More