Word Power: Expression and Healing

Transcending is a word I use in my book title, because the idea of rising above the ordinary, mundane and difficult resonates deeply with me. I wrote a proposal for a training seminar a few years ago, about working with older adults, and had the word transcend in the working title. The seminar company executives kicked it back to me, saying they…

Cancer: Surgeries and Tattoos

      There are many new things that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Everyone knows about the challenges of chemotherapy—hair loss, sickness, immune system changes, fatigue, neuropathy and more. It takes time to recover, but when it all works, we return mostly to normal. The support we get from our loved ones, colleagues, and even our pets keeps us…

The Arts and Respite, Resilience

I am working in my Minnesota home, looking at snow sparkling in the sunshine, waiting for the temperature to rise above 0°. It will, after a cold snap that kept me indoors for days. COVID out there has played its part, too, but there is a feeling that it is easing, and this spring and summer may show something of a return…

Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome. My name is Susan G Holmen, author of All in the Same Boat. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about personal growth, and my new book. Personal growth and spirituality are very important to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.