Beautiful truth by a humble yet inspiring writer. Ms. Reyes, thank you. ❤️

Cynthia Reyes

It’s November, the month when many writers write.

Not me.

I’m not working on the next book, not writing my blog, not even journal-ing every day.


In typical Cynthia fashion, I had a good stretch of days some weeks ago and was so thankful for it, I tried to do too much.

Ignored the warning signs. Committed other rampant acts of mindless-ness.

The bad pain came, then the flu. And throughout it all, the bloody nightmares whenever I slept long enough.

But pushing myself, as my therapist and journals remind me, is how I’ve come this far.

And I’m pushing again.


Twice a week now, I lead very small groups of individuals who are writing their memoirs.

None is a professional or even an experienced writer. But they are bright, interesting, mature people.

Some of their stories are painful to write, I know. But what a joy for…

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I’m just SO proud of my sister, Paula, who has autism and whose work has been highly commended for her colorful paintings. Maxine Billings, a dear friend and photographer, shared my sister’s work with ShopVida.com and was amazed at the positive response.

In the near future we hope to introduce more of Paula’s large collection on canvas and attire. Many thanks to all our supporters and special thanks to Maxine Billings for testing the waters with faith. ❤️

“Caring for the Caregiver”