Getting Back in the Swing

Wow, how embarrassing. 
This post took months to write. I had countless drafts on paper, on my laptop, on my iPad--none felt right. This November, I wrote over 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo, but still no blog post. How silly is that? My most prevalent excuse was my transition from literacy coach back to school speech-language pathologist which was accompanied by much wailing and gnashing of teeth. As part of this process, I busily searched for other speech therapist bloggers, tweeters, and Pinterest pinners. I also lurked on the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) member forums. While reading an ASHA forum focused on school speech therapy issues, I finally got the guts to post on a thread about reading comprehension. I had no idea how other speech and language professionals would react to my literacy-coach-mixed-with-speech-therapy thinking. Thankfully, Mary Cummings, an ASHA certified SLP, responded to what I wrote in a way that didn't make me feel like an idiot. So thank you, Mary Cummings, for reminding me that writing is a risk worth taking, spelling errors and all.

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  1. Welcome back to writing! At times, writing helps me to clarify the murky aspects of my life; however, I suspect that when you lost the "rhythm of writing" to clarify, it was hard to get back into a pattern. I find this happens to so many aspects of life: dieting, cleaning, exercising..... Welcome back!

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    1. Hi Anita- it feels good to be back. I think you are right about losing my rhythm. I'm still feeling out of kilter.

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  2. Welcome back. I missed you.

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  3. So happy to hear from you, Diana. Welcome back! I hope you'll catch us all up on how this new 'work' is going!

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  4. And another voice says, I missed you, your words, your thinking, your stories. Glad you wrote today!

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  5. Hi Diana! I'm also eager to hear about your new position and finding all the ways it intersects with your old one. Welcome back!

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  6. Welcome back! I look forward reading your writing!

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  7. Welcome back to slicing, Diana! I've missed you! :-) I'm glad you are finding your niche in your new position, because I remember the "wailing and gnashing of teeth"!

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  8. Welcome back! I'm glad to "catch" up a little and am looking forward to hearing your voice this month. I know Mary Helen (http://booksavors.wordpress.com) will be excited too that you are blogging this month.
    Ruth

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  9. Diana! So good to hear your voice again. You have been missed.

    Write on! (And we'll do the reading and enjoying and the laughing too!)

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  10. Hi Diana, missed reading your words and so glad you are here. This post made me laugh, oy! What a moment :)

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    1. Hi Betsy! One of your slices inspired my post for Tuesday!

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  11. I have been wondering about you. Any change can cause a bump in the road. I hope your new position is going wel. I look forward to reading your posts. Your post spurred a slice idea I will be posting tomorrow. MHG

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    1. It is good to read your words, Mary Helen. :)

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  12. I have really missed your "barfing" on paper (and you and conversations as well). So glad you found whatever it took to get it happening again.

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    1. Thanks Fran! It feels good to blog again. :)

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  13. I'm glad you are back. I had some job challenges that almost had me quitting blogging too. Indeed it feels good to be recognized for our gifts by other writers, teachers, professionals.

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    1. I am glad your challenges didn't stop you either. I wasn't planning on not blogging for so long. I knew the SOL challenge would get me going again.

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