About Me

heaven and earth

My name is Laura Flett.  I taught for 30 years in the public schools, retiring to become a writer.  That was in 2001.   I now teach part time at a local college and in two after school programs.  And I write, a lot.  Morning pages begin the day, a writing group in the middle of the week,  three loyal writing buddies, and this new adventure, blogging.  OK, so I’m a writer.

I also know the power of writing.  My only child committed suicide when he was 27 years old.  My life was turned upside down.  All I trusted at that point was my pen and notebook.  So I journaled.  Constantly.  My book, WritingToward the Light, found at www.eaglewingspress.com, is a description of that journey.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by becky on August 29, 2010 at 9:19 am08

    Laura, is this ‘heaven and earth’ image your work? i love it!


  2. Posted by Carla McKeever on November 10, 2010 at 9:19 am11

    Laura, I wanted you to know how much I’m loving reading your blog. I would love to read your book–where is it available? I wish I’d been doing something similar during the past few years–of course, there’s still time. How have you not had a crisis in faith? Or, have you focused more on the spirituality of all living beings? Anyway, it’s been a real joy. Thanks.


    • so good to hear from you…crisis of faith…big time…writing helps me stay centered…of course there’s still time…have you read any books by Julia Cameron or Natalie Goldberg…they have good suggestions for writing practice…Teresa’s in my Wednesday night writing group…if you’re ever in town on a Wednesday, please come…


  3. Laura, that was the saddest thing i read…i am so sorry for your loss in more ways than you can imagine and it bought tears to my eyes. I pray that you always remain strong and will full in life.
    Your writing IS beautiful


  4. Posted by jaanpehchaan on January 24, 2011 at 9:19 am01

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Best regards.


  5. I really enjoy reading your posts. Anyone who quotes the Beatles definitely has a fan right here. But I also enjoy your positive outlook on life and your constant, almost brand-new awareness. Thank you.


  6. Posted by soaringdragons on May 22, 2011 at 9:19 am05

    An Open Invitation To Compose “Dying Sayings” in comments at http://soaringdragons.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/dying-sayings/

    This is an invitation that I am posting into the comments of the “About” pages of 188 randomly selected blogs. How did I find you? From Tag Surfer under “Spirit.”

    The inspiration for this request comes from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Centenary Edition, Revised, 1981, Harper and Row, Publishers, New York. This book has 187 “Dying Sayings,” and I’m sure living WordPress bloggers and blog readers can write no less inspiring self-composed epitaphs than the historically famous.

    Among the “Dying Sayings,” pp. 369-372, are the below fourteen entries plus my own:

    Newton: “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

    Richard I: “Youth, I forgive thee!” (Said to Bertrand du Gourdon, who shot him with an arrow at Challus. Then, to his attendants, he added): “Take off his chains, give him 100 shillings, and let him go.”

    Augustus (to his friends): “Do you think I have played my part pretty well through the farce of life?”

    Beecher (Henry Ward): “Now comes the mystery.”

    Goethe: “Light, more light!”

    Hannibal: “Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble old man.”

    Jackson (“Stonewall“): “Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

    More (Sir Thomas): “See me safe up [i.e. on ascending the scaffold]; for my coming down, let me shift for myself.”

    Mozart: “You spoke of a refreshment, Emile; take my last notes, and let me hear once more my solace and delight.”

    Poe (Edgar Allan): “Lord, help my soul!”

    Roland (Madame; on her way to the guillotine): “O Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”

    Saladin: “When I am buried, carry my winding-sheet on the point of a spear, and say these words: Behold the spoils which Saladin carries with him! Of all his victories, realms and riches, nothing remains to him but this.”

    Webster (Daniel): “Life, life! Death, death! How curious it is!”

    Wordsworth: “God bless you! Is that you, Dora?”

    Soaringdragons: “I have been waiting for this moment since my youth, and it is with extreme anticipation that I wait now.”

    Feel free to compose as many of your own “dying sayings” as you wish in comments. Please bear in mind that this blog is P.G. and contains 19,000 words, none of which are swear words. So, the rule is that if your response includes ‘swear words’ (my own private definition being the standard) I will either edit the response or delete it, my option.

    I hope everyone contributes. Cheers!


  7. I found your site today, read several of your most recent posts, and then felt sad to learn that I discovered your blog after you stopped writing because your posts are so beautifully honest. When I peaked at your “about me” page, I realized that i visited your site once before. I remember feeling shocked when I read that you lost your son to suicide and not knowing how to respond. It is every parent’s worst fear. When I was in my early twenties, my childhood friend committed suicide when she was 21. I remember thinking that we could all see it coming but none of us knew how to stop it. My heart goes out to you. Kim


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: