Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Travel – An Italian Journey – Writing and Healing by Sherri Matthews

Every Thursday for the next four weeks, lovely Sally Cronin will feature one of my archived travel posts for her Posts From Your Archives series. The first today is about my visit to stunning Lake Garda in September, 2016, not long after the death of my dear, darling Dad. My grief left me unable to write, but I share in this post how my time in Lake Garda both healed and inspired me to write again.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to Sherri Matthews and her series of four travel posts. Sherri includes wonderful photographs in her posts and so I will give you a taste and then a link to view on her own blog where I would appreciate you leaving your comments.

An Italian Journey – Writing and Healing by Sherri Matthews

September arrived and with it, any thoughts of writing vanished. My birthday; a long-awaited holiday. Both beckoned. But somewhere in the space between early spring and autumn’s first flush, everything blurred into one big smudge of I can’t face it.

We heal, eventually, from family illness and loss, but scars do not disappear. And something, at some point, has to give, even if only for a short while. My long-burn writing dream never died, but in the deep, silent part of me, my ability to focus, to write, lay in tatters.

So I retreated into long…

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About Sherri Matthews

Sherri's work is published in magazines, anthologies, her Summerhouse blog, and memoir column at Carrot Ranch, an online literary community. As a young mum of three, she emigrated from the UK to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country with her family and two beautiful black kitties. A keen walker and photographer, she is working hard on her memoir. Her 2021 entry to Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize was shortlisted and also received a special mention at Spread the Word Life Writing Prize.
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18 Responses to Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Travel – An Italian Journey – Writing and Healing by Sherri Matthews

  1. Mike M says:

    Always so engaging your writing is a wonderful insight into life!


  2. Tina Frisco says:

    Gorgeous photos, Sher. Italian is my heritage and I hope to visit there someday soon. I got chills when you saw your dad sitting at the empty table. What a blessing, in so many ways. Help is always available…all we have to do is look and listen. Hugs, sweet friend ❤️

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    • I’m truly honoured to write about the country of your heritage dear Tina, how I hope you do visit your beautiful Italy one day. It is a great blessing indeed, when that help arrives, so unexpectedly, and I certainly never expected to ‘find’ my dad there, sitting at that empty table. Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment my sweet friend, hugs right back 🙂 ❤ 🙂

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  3. dgkaye says:

    Sher, I loved this. I left comment at Sal’s ❤ xoxo

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  4. Norah says:

    Sherri, How wonderful it is to have your lovely post brought out into the daylight once more. I enjoyed reading your post at the time, of how you received inspiration and encouragement from your Dad while you were on a holiday and feeling the darkness of despair. All is never lost. As you say, it stirred deep inside you. We will be the receivers of your joy when we get to read your published book. I’m so looking forward to doing so.

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  5. purpleslob says:

    Hi Sherri!! Going over to the Summerhouse now!
    Sally, thanks for featuring Sherri! She is a sweet friend!


  6. Dearest Sherri, sorry I flew off yesterday without commenting after leaving a “like” on your post. I got waylaid before I could do so. Just wanted to say that I’m ever so pleased for you that you’ve been invited to showcase your lovely posts on Sally Cronin’s blog.

    Countdown for our meet-up in less than a fortnight now. I hope the weather lasts. Am so excited to be seeing you after so many months. Love and hugs, Sarah xxxxxxxxxxx

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