2014 - September: Writing Again

Many colleagues have consoled me by saying a "writing slump" is a normal part of a writer's life.  I have observed others endure the agony of rewrites and the tediousness of editing. These tasks wear on the soul of a creative person. This process put my muse out of commission until I returned from my Counsins' Reunion.This newly founded tradition lifted me out on my slump.  I am planning my next project while completing my rewrites on my book.

 What is a Cousins' Reunion? A few years back at a family celebration my sisters and several of our female cousins reminisced about the great fun we had when we got together as kids. This prompted my cousin in Texas to initiate the first Cousins' Reunion in 2011. We flew to visit a small town, in the big state, that cultivates artists of all designs.

Our visit was filled with catching up on the history of the area and our lives. The days were filled soaking in a life style in a state most of us had never visited. The wonder and awe of being tourist and the joy and mischievousness of teenagers helped us renew our bonds. We shrugged off the cloaks of wife, mother, grandmother and ignited the fire of our lineage. We are our mothers' daughters and the granddaughters of a lone immigrant woman who came to the United States for a better life.

This year was our third reunion. Yes, we left with great memories and a sense of rejuvenation, but the essence of who we are also is restored.  We hugged one another goodbye knowing the blood that courses through our veins does more than makes us family. It gives us all the strength of generations of courageous and strong women.  We are reminded we are a support system of women.  We carry the legacy of generations while we continue to share the torch with our daughters and sons.


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