Author Archives: Jonathan Caswell

About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

Language, Part I


No Half Measures

Anyone who has met me knows that I’m often painfully precise. My husband often comments how this tendency has shown up in our marriage and our parenting and now my kids often hold our feet to the fire on the words that come out of our mouths. My parents got me a shirt for my birthday this past December that says “I’m silently correcting your grammar,” and people are probably happy that my corrections tend to be silent.

Suffice it to say, language is REALLY important to me. And that started before my diagnosis in 2017 with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC).

And it’s only gotten worse.

Recently, two things happened that vividly reminded me just how important language choices are and how the words we use in the context of suffering can either harm or heal; not much middle ground available. Please note that this post isn’t about…

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Book Review: “Let your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation”

No Half Measures

Parker Palmer wrote “Let your Life Speak; Listening for the Voice of Vocation” and so much resonated so strongly with me. When your life’s work and career is disrupted by a serious illness, it’s difficult to find purpose to keep going. Sure, family is important and I’d do anything for my husband and kiddos; at the same time, finding purpose in the midst of trauma can be a key factor in HOW you live as well as the quality of that life.

“Ask me whether what I have done is my life.”

William Stafford, “AsK ME”

Here’s a concept that often divides people along gender lines, I’ve heard. Generally and stereotypically, men often blur the lines between identify and their work whereas women typically don’t. For me, being an advocate has most often been both who I am as well as what I’ve done for work…

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Language, Part II

No Half Measures

If you haven’t already read the first part of this topic, Language, Part I, you should go read that first. It gives the context for this post and some necessary background. In that first post, I talked about the first of two scenarios where the language utilized in responses to a vulnerable post was (or could be) harmful and the language to use in its place. I do realize that this can be a controversial subject since we are all so very different; at the same time, I think there are some universal lessons about how we communicate with someone who is struggling that we can all learn.

The second scenario I wanted to share is my own experience.

On March 10th this year, I had a PET/CT scan that demonstrated the medication I’m on is still working and there is still no evidence of active cancer (a/k/a NEAD…

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I’m a wall flower — fashion with compassion

I certainly wasn’t a wall flower last night for New Year’s Eve! We danced and celebrated! As some of you may know, I teach dance and lead Ceili-style dances, fun dances from Ireland and Scotland, but also from other countries. Red is a festive and cheerful colour that I love wearing at Christmas. Black is […]

I’m a wall flower — fashion with compassion