Notes From Under the Covers: Waking With Arthritis Reviewed By June Maffin of
June Maffin

Reviewer June Maffin:Living on an island in British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Maffin is a neophyte organic gardener, eclectic reader, ordained minister (Anglican/Episcopal priest) and creative spirituality writer/photographer with a deep zest for life. Previously, she has been grief counselor, broadcaster, teacher, journalist, television host, chaplain and spiritual director with an earned doctorate in Pastoral Care (medical ethics i.e. euthanasia focus). Presently an educator, freelance editor, blogger, and published author of three books, her most recent (Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture your Spirituality) has been published in e-book as well as paperback format and a preview can be viewed on YouTube videos. Founder of Soulistry™ she continues to lead a variety of workshops and retreats connecting spirituality with creativity and delights in a spirituality of play. You can find out more about June by clicking on her Web Site.

By June Maffin
Published on December 9, 2014
Author: Cynthia Tyler
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978 149 615 1445

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Author: Cynthia Tyler
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978 149 615 1445

When advancing, debilitating arthritis robbed author Cynthia Tyler of the ability to function as a professional calligrapher, and the combination of extreme physical pain and deep emotional suffering resulted in her inability to do the creative work she loved and had done for over thirty-five years, she knew she had to continue “creating something” or succumb into deeper depression.  She turned to a familiar creative artistic outlet - poetry.

Tyler’s poetry invites readers to reflect on their lives and dares to ask questions that many think but few verbalize ... universal questions about pain, chronic illness, God, aging, loss.

Does my mind hold proof enough
that I have lived a life: that I was
young and beautiful
and danced ‘til music’s end?

Notes from Under the Covers, (aptly titled because most of the work was written “under the covers” of the author's bed) is a soul-filled diary intermingling prose and poetry that recounts a difficult time in the author’s life while inspiring readers to “do what you can” in the face of suffering, pain and aging and not victimized by the chronic illness, grief, or loss they may be  experiencing.

A poem.
Every day should start
with a poem.
I prove to myself
that I am here
that I am alive
and my brain works
and still I hold a pen
even against the efforts
of the gnarled and swollen
fingers that seek
to cripple me.
I write a poem.
I win.

Leaving the left-hand pages of the book blank, the author encourages readers to sketch, take notes, slow down, breathe, and make time for reflection as life’s challenges are encountered and faced.   As vignettes of prosaic and poetic wisdom intermingle and permeate the tiny treasure of a book,  the reader is invited into a conversation - a conversation where it is safe to ponder the universal “What’s it all about, Alfie” questions. This gentle book is to be savoured, not raced-through.
Presented in a uniquely personal and profound way, Cynthia Tyler epitomizes Khalil Gibran’s belief that “out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.”  Tyler is a strong soul, whose personal reflections about her journey of pain, the quagmire of aging, and the suffering from depression poignantly emerge from the pages.  She is someone who has “known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss” as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote, and still has found her way out of those depths in writing a tender life-affirming book of hope and inspiration for those living with chronic pain, experiencing loss, or is in a process of healing.