Fat Girl,

Cognitive distortion and taking up space.

By Dani Ward November 3, 2016 2 Comments

My brain is spinning with thoughts and conversations over the past weeks, the culmination of almost a year’s worth of introspection and mourning. “I looked through the journal section of your blog and noticed you haven’t really written lately,” a friend noted. No. I haven’t. I’ve been afraid, frankly. With some good reason and probably…

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Grieving as the only atheist at the funeral.

By Dani Ward November 23, 2014 1 Comment

My Mamaw died this past week. It wasn’t altogether unexpected — she’d been in the hospital with pneumonia and various complications related to it for a few weeks. But she’d been getting better. She’d been taken out of the ICU. There was a plan for her recovery. But she died, which just…wasn’t part of the…

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Pain demands to be felt.

By Dani Ward June 7, 2014 0 Comments
Image from beliefnet.

I just watched The Fault in Our Stars and I’m having feelings about my dad who is dying (slowly) of cancer.

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The passing of a mentor.

By Dani Ward October 30, 2013 2 Comments

One of my favourite art teachers of all time died yesterday evening after battling cancer for just over a year. I was fortunate to be able to communicate the following to him before he died, but I wanted to share with everyone else as a tribute to him.

Here’s to you, Mike Slattery, enthusiastic artist, kind-hearted soul, best of men.

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Hershel.

By Dani Ward January 8, 2011 0 Comments

My grandfather passed away this morning. He died in his recliner, coffee cup beside him, half-empty packet of tobacco sticking out of his pocket (with a wad in his mouth), watching the WVU pre-game. Heart attack — his fourth one, though first in over a decade. He was 78 years old.

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