Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blogs which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. As always, if you have written or read a post recently which you would like me to share with readers, then please leave a comment below.
I discovered a new (to me) blog this week, with a great title The Dog Lived (and so will I) which is also the title of author Teresa’s new book. The story behind the title is that in 2008 when Teresa was diagnosed with breast cancer she took inspiration from her dog Seamus (great Irish name that!) who had cancer three years before that and given only a year to live. Teresa writes:
He’s still alive, cancer free and completely healthy. Cancer barely slowed him down. So yeah, the dog lived…and so will I.
For those of you following along with Terri’s adventures, you won’t want to miss Britta’s latest Cinco Vidas post in support of Terri’s Adventure of Hope. I was excited to hear how Phillipa met up with Terri this week in Hong Kong and you can read of their encounter on the Feisty Blue Gecko blog. I’m excited to be next in line to meet Terri next month as she makes time on her travels to stop off in Ireland.
Lots of perks in Florence’s blog this week and the stand-out one for me was her post in praise of treats in the mail – something I love to get too 🙂
Catherine is celebrating the first signs of spring this week.
Debbie is celebrating her first year blogoversary and it was a real treat to read along as she looks back on a year of blogging with her best blog posts. Do take a look and see how far Debbie has come since her first post.
Double Whammied is also celebrating an anniversary – her first year cancerversary.
Nancy is reflecting on anniversaries too – the anniversaries of those losses and griefs which we all carry in our lives from year-to-year.
We still carry Rachel and Susan in our hearts and our blogs this week. Here is a selection of the bloggesses reflections:
Writing on the day of Rachel’s funeral, the Pink Underbelly, is reflecting on Rachel’s
enormous contribution to our BC blogging world. About how many people’s lives are better because of her. About how she spoke from the heart, with tremendous passion, and a healthy dose of snarkiness. About how even as this vicious disease consumed her, she wanted things to change, and was willing to type one-handed and battle multiple symptoms & side-effects to get her message across.
I love what AnneMarie writes about what really matters in the end
…the love you take is equal to the love you make…Much love left this planet on Monday. While our hearts may be broken, they are filled with that very same love….
Kathi also writes of Rachel’s legacy on her blog The Accidental Amazon and reminds us that “for Rachel, for Susan, we must all keep writing their stories and ours.”
This theme is also echoed in Jan’s Keep Writing, Keep Writing post:
Rest in peace, dear friend. You are “still here” in our eyes and will live on in our continued writings. You will assume a new role as our muse. And we hope you will be amused by our rantings.
Rachel’s life, death and legacy has been an occasion for deep reflection for Bringing up Goliath, as she takes time out “to refresh, regroup and process the losses, not just those of last week, but all the losses over the years, the nearly 30 years since my mother was first diagnosed. When breast cancer entered my vernacular and never left.”
Sarah Horton, who travelled from Liverpool for Rachel’s funeral service writes movingly of their friendship:
I searched for a long time to find breast cancer friends and , for me, finding Rach was like fulfilling everything I wanted – someone who got where I was about breast cancer culture – she filled a void. I mean that would have been enough… But the fact that we shared all those other interests was just a bonus really. And so not to have her in my life leaves the void again.
Kim shared a video in memory of Susan on her blog.
Finally, I leave you this week with the Rilke poem “All will come again” shared by Katie on her blog Uneasy Pink today – it strikes me as so appropriate during this time of loss.
All will come again into its strength:
the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
the trees towering and the walls built low.
And in the valleys, people as strong and varied as the land.
And no churches where God
is imprisoned and lamented
like a trapped and wounded animal.
The houses welcoming all who knock
and a sense of boundless offering
in all relations, and in you and me.
No yearning for an afterlife, no looking beyond,
no belittling of death,
but only longing for what belongs to us
and serving earth, lest we remain unused.
Much love to you all..
I’ve enjoyed so many beautiful blog posts this week. It’s definitely a time for memories and reflection. Once again, I am so very proud to be mentioned among so many wonderful bloggers.
Survival > Existence,
Well I loved your trip down bloggers memory lane Debbie – lots of great posts – sorry I didn’t have time to comment on them all – the week was a really busy one for me.
Thank you Marie, for doing this weekly round up. It has connected me to so many kindred spirits. It is an honour to be mentioned in your post.
It was how I first found you online 🙂 so I am happy I can continue to connect us all through the weekly round up. Happy Blogging!
Beautiful round-up, Marie, as usual. We’ve collectively shared a multitude of subjects, still managing to keep Rachel’s and Susan’s memories alive in our continued writings–and broken hearts. Thanks for including my blog in your list. Am I privileged or what to be included among these esteemed writers? The Rilke poem wraps it all up in rapturing verse. XOXOX
Nancy and Jan, you are so welcome – you are both such a vital part of this community and I always love reading your blogs each week.
Thanks, Marie, for putting this together and for including Nancy’s Point. You’re such a gem to us all. You really are.
I love checking out the round up, Marie! Thanks for doing this.
Thanks for sharing such a beautifully fitting poem with week Katie x
A pleasure Katie 🙂 Have a good weekend
Thanks so much for including DoubleWhammied.com in your blog round-up. Love that you’re doing this. I’m fairly new to the BC blogging world so it’s great to be able to easily locate such a stellar line-up of kindred spirits.
-Diane (aka @double_whammied) Mapes
Hi Diane – and now I know your name 🙂 I can welcome you warmly to the bc blogosphere. I have been following along with your tweets for a while now and it’s a real pleasure to include you in the round up this week. This is a space to let others know if you have written or read something you would like them to read, so even if I miss a post, I hope readers will use this space to let us know what has moved or educated them in the blogosphere during the week. See you next Friday 😉
Beautiful roundup, Marie. Thank you as always for taking the time to do this!
Thanks for this, Marie. It’s certainly a beautiful collection and a few I missed during the week which I’ll make a point of reading soon. Thank you for including me in this special round-up. xoxo
Thank you for clearing up my misconception that you weren’t going to be blogging for a while – I sure would miss your voice Stacey!
The Round-Up has become one of my favorite things about Fridays, and I’m so happy to be featured among such amazing, thought-provoking, insightful, and inspiring blogs. Many thanks to you, Marie. xo
It means so much to me to do this and to round up our special community together each week in one place x
I also look forward to the Round up and love the anticipation of the post, always wondering if it will be online before I log off on a Friday (due to the time difference). You make my week, Marie and I love discovering new ideas, blogs and catching posts I might have missed. Thank you, and thank you too for featuring the gecko 🙂
It has to be said that meeting Terri came about due to the Round Up (I’m sure that is how we first connected)! Wow! How’s that for cause and effect!
Now that is a wonderful outcome! Love it 🙂
Your Friday is round up is my treat for making it through the week. Thank you so much for shaing (and including me.) Hope your weekend brings you an unexpected and delightful surprise!
It just did Kim 🙂 your lovely face and comment x
Yes, thank you Marie….I’m too tired these days to dedictae to searching, and your blog helps keep me centered and connected. Lovely people and posts.
To read a comment like yours makes it all worthwhile – thank you x
So how I’ve been missing your weekly roundup I’ll never know. But now that I found it and love it, I’ll be spreading the word. Thanks for connecting the blogging community. I’ll be looking out for it from now on!
Welcome, welcome Vicki – looking forward to your participation.
I love how you “round up” all of us. I have gone to so many of the blogs and found courage and insight.
SO good to hear that Lois and thank you for all the inspiration you have given and continue to give us.
Such a wonderful round up. I just love seeing all of the continued tributes to Rachel and Susan and seeing the love shared between all of the bloggesses. You do amazing work my sweet friend and I can’t wait to add Ireland to my list of countries on this Around The World Adventure. See you soon. T xoxo
See you soon 🙂 Loving the sound of that x