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Diane Wyzga
San Clemente, California
Story-gatherer & wizard of words reflects on stories we tell to relate, understand & persuade each other. Share your stories.
Interests: Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, beekeeping, hiking, books, chef & foodie, and organic farming.
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Maybe you've heard this old nursery rhyme: "Monday's Child is full of grace. Tuesday's Child is fair of face. Wednesday's Child is full of woe. Thursday's Child has far to go. Friday's Child is loving and giving. Saturday's Child must work for a living. But the Child that's born on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
Diane Wyzga is now following Ed Morse
Aug 6, 2014
Diane Wyzga is now following jennifer diggs
Aug 6, 2014
I did not hear the crash but I vaguely recall hearing the sirens in the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Although I thought it was a dream. At the top of the street yellow police tape cordoned off a good long section of El Camino Real. By 0730 hours... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Somewhere on my bookshelves is a slim volume entitled, Should Trees Have Standing? It came to mind as I was reading an exquisite report about the return of a single grey wolf who slipped across the border from Oregon into California and caused a stir. Joe Donnelly writing for ORION... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Like a good nurse and obedient weebus I have submitted to annual mammograms for a good long while. As far as I know there is no history of breast cancer in my family. None whatsoever. And yet I drank the Kool-aide that an annual mammogram was the way to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
A month ago I was walking the Camino de Santiago. I went on pilgrimage, walking 500 miles in 5 weeks. I still have a great deal to digest and write. Meanwhile, the following dispatch from Paul Salopek writing for the NYTimes, A Stroll Around the World, reminds me of what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
There are two companion pieces in today's Sunday NYTimes that remind me what happens when we hew to the letter of the law in some blind, righteous, opinionated and judgmental way. The first by Nicholas Kristoff, "Help Thy Neighbor and Go Straight to Prison, decries a recent conviction in Tennessee.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
A long-time friend wrote about recent interviews with jurors in the Zimmerman/Martin trial to say that he was caught off guard to learn that some of the verdict result may have come from interpreting the jury instructions. His impression was that jury instructions are informative but not mandatory; otherwise, why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Of late friends and colleagues have been saying the same thing to me: "I feel lost. Just lost. I can't explain it. What do you think it means?" I have to reveal that I share their feelings of being lost. On October 1, 2011 I began a journal of 365... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Silas House writing for the NYTimes in an essay entitled, Tell Their Secrets, wants to know what brings your characters to life. For us to remember them - for them to endear themselves to us - they must be as multi-faceted and flawed as we are. Helen Hunt Jackson said,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Deer Park Monastery sits in a valley that nestles and shelters all who come there for quiet and for things you might not even know you need or are in need of. Meals are taken in silence. The practice is to line up after the sound of the bell, select... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
I've been considering life of late. I recently attended a memorial service for a friend's brother. The service was held in a cozy meeting room of a nursing home where he worked as a recreational director for almost a quarter century. Gathered around me were many residents of the assisted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Each December my long-time friend, Nicole, sends out a Xeroxed list of organizations that could use "stuff." It's stuff we could easily hand over to someone who could make better use of it. For example: Optical centers in Walmart and Sam's Club stores accept your old eyeglasses and lenses for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
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A few minutes before that famous glittering ball dropped at midnight in Times Square or maybe in the wee small hours of January 1, 2013 you might have been framing a resolution or three. Do you recall what you promised? What about last year? And how long did that last?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Did it come to pass? The Mayan Prophesy about the end of days. Can we peek out from under the covers? Are we still standing? Or is it all ended? One of my favorite poems on endings was printed in the Sunday NYTimes Interactive Feature called "It's the End of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
While there is still grieving and mourning yet to be done, I found some small measure of hope in this post sent to HealingStory by friend and storyteller, Laura Simms: This is the last paragraph of a short but potent article in Elephant Journal ( out of Boulder, Colorado) written... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
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The Troubles began on October 26th. Within 24 hours I would have to put Barney to sleep. I've written about Barney, his diagnosis of feline chylothorax and the celebration of each week of life we had thereafter. Barney made it to 91 weeks and then his 6 year old body... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
Members of the Healing Story Alliance scrambled to gather and post resources which might be of use to you and your children: Click here to access: Transforming Fear in the Aftermath. And feel welcome to share this material around the world. We all seem to need something. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is what my dad would call "a nice bit of a movie." Give me anything with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith and I am quite happy. Here's one of my favorite lines from the movie: "Everything will be alright in the end. And if it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
For some time now I've been trying to get back to the keyboard to write my blog posts. How faithful I was in the beginning. Why do I blog? I like to write. I write to inform, inspire, educate, motivate, maybe even comfort as I share stories and words. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
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There are a million and one reasons why breast-feeding a newborn beats formula. As reported by Pam Belluck writing for the NYTimes, "Hospitals Ditch Formula Samples to Promote Breast-Feeding," it's generally healthiest for mom and baby. Excerpt. "Breast-feeding decreases babies’ risk of ear infections, diarrhea, asthma and other diseases, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
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Q: She asked, "Is this all there is?" A: First, you work with what you have. Then you expand to living what you thought was impossible. A dear friend came for a brief visit from her home in Hawaii. We agreed to meet at our usual walking spot and then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
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Q: What's the use of an empty boat, especially at trial? A: It keeps you cool, calm, clear-headed, and collected, focused on your case and client, impervious to the devious distractions of your opponent designed to mess with your head and throw you off your game. One of the Dharma... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Wyzga On Words