Author Archives: Joy Parker

About Joy Parker

As a three-time cancer survivor and storyteller, I felt compelled to create this blog because I felt the need to connect with an audience and immediately share what I am learning as I am learning it. The material in this blog is serving as the basis for two books that I am writing. The first book talks about how illness is a vehicle that takes us into the unknown land, teaches us things we couldn’t otherwise learn, and then gives us the opportunity to bring them back to our community. It offers a compass and creates a map of the unknown land so that others might find their path more easily. Most important, it shares what I have learned about waking up and being truly alive in this magnificent world. That might sound simple enough, but the actual experience is devastatingly beautiful and powerful. The second project is a book with medicine cards discussing many of the lessons I’ve learned from my experiences with healing and as a healer, the indigenous world, and walking a spiritual path. Most important, it is the story of the development of my own personal mythology. People tend to think of myths as massive stories and beliefs that develop in a culture over hundreds or thousands of years. We now live in a time of crisis and we don’t have a hundred years. The time for healing and transformation is now, and we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Harmon is Home! Baby Eaglet Returned to the Nest after Treatment at the MN Raptor Center

Sunday, May 6, 5:37 p.m. Pacific Standard Time It was a great thrill for me to check in on the Minnesota Bound nest just now and see that Baby Harmon is back home. The Raptor Center folks gave him excellent care … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning, May 6, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time This is the third of a series of blogs on Harmon’s the Eaglet’s continuing recovery at the Minnesota Raptor Center. I know it is hard to piece together these daily updates on … Continue reading

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5-5-12 Links to Rescue Videos of Baby Harmon the Eaglet

There have been a few more updates on the condition of Baby eaglet Harmon in the Minnesota Bound nest. (For details of what happened to Harmon and video of his rescue on Friday afternoon, please see my previous blog.) First, … Continue reading

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Saving Harmon, the Eaglet in the Minnesota-Bound Nest

[Scroll down to watch video of baby eagle Harmon’s rescue. The actual rescue begins about 15 minutes into the video.] For the last day and a half I have witnessed something that was truly extraordinary. Yesterday in the early afternoon … Continue reading

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Choose Joy

This week I made it to the two-year mark cancer-free and healthy and achieved a major milestone: seven months off the drugs (Herceptin and Tykerb) with no recurrence. My immune system is holding its own. When I sat in my … Continue reading

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Other People’s Craziness

I just had an epiphany today about how so often we fall into the trap of internalizing other people’s craziness, taking it into our hearts and bodies and making ourselves miserable because of it. After 25 years of doing free-lance … Continue reading

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When The Eyes of the Soul Are Open

Last week I had to undergo the ordeal of having yet another follow-up bone scan and chest/pelvic CT scan. I have been cancer free and healthy since April 20th, 2010, but since my oncologist took me off all the drugs—the … Continue reading

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Nyack Nights – A Few Pages from a Novel I Began Years Ago

Over two decades ago I began writing a novel called Nyack Nights, which was going to be about the town where I lived for six happy years in my late teens and early twenties. This novel was going to be … Continue reading

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An Eagle Touched By God

Every so often a story comes to me in an email that I feel compelled to share. The last time this happened was when someone forwarded an email to me called “Hope in Japan” about how many of the residents … Continue reading

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Baba Yaga and the Birds

“When was the last time you laid your head in the lap of awe?” –From A Knock at the Door This spring and summer has been a time of winged creatures for me. They have appeared in my life like … Continue reading

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