January 2014 Update: Jiritsu, originally posted on Stay Quirky in 2013, has been revised and re-posted here.

Dec. 4, 2013 Update:  An adapted version of “Jiritsu” was published in Pentimento Magazine’s December 2013 issue!

Please go to Pentimento Magazine and subscribe – their premiere issue in July 2013 assembled a beautiful collection of essays and poems written by those living with disabilities or by their caregivers. I was immediately intrigued and eager to connect with this new venture, and I am thrilled that they chose “Jiritsu” for their second issue.

From Pentimento:

Through art, photography, essays, stories, and poetry, Pentimento Magazine will ask its readers to see beyond disabilities and physical challenges.  To see the ways in which we are all connected, and find in our pages a sense of the what the poet Emily Dickinson wrote:  ‘I felt it shelter to speak to you.’

I hope that you will support, read, submit to, and spread the word about Pentimento Magazine!


  1. Anne L'Ecuyer · August 16, 2013

    I just read an article on how words help us perceive ideas and emotions that are already present, but that we can’t yet draw forward to discern. Apparently there is neuroscientific evidence now but of course that’s what poetry has been doing all along. I do think the science helps us account for what’s happening in that moment, though. The immediate shift in perspective, the emotional and physical response, the feeling of being both in your situation and also witness to it. You’ve captured it here so beautifully, thank you!

    • stayquirkymyfriends · August 16, 2013

      This is exactly it, Anne. It was an incredible experience to see my feelings and wishes there on the page. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, this is much food for thought!

  2. Mark Goldman · August 16, 2013

    Robin, we met many years ago through Susan. I was doing Psychodrama then. I am now a storyteller. This is a beautiful story and very well written. Thanks you for sharing it.

    • stayquirkymyfriends · August 16, 2013

      Hi Mark, yes, of course I remember you-so nice to hear from you! Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you are doing well! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  3. Anonymous · August 16, 2013

    Hi Robin. That was beautiful. Sometimes we get messages in the most surprising ways, don’t we? And I burst into tears in the most unexpected places and times as well. It’s hard to be us…always advocating, teaching, and fighting when necessary. We have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our awesome boys. Personally, I think a spa day is called for. What do you think? ❤ Missy

    • stayquirkymyfriends · August 16, 2013

      I think you’ve got the absolute right idea, there! The question is, when?!?

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