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Sometimes a writing break means much more than R&R

Every writer needs a respite from wordsmithing now and then. We all run out of juice at some point and have to stop to refill our creative reservoirs.

This is not about that.

Sherry, my friend and writing colleague, is usually quite a productive publisher. She often writes about books, celebrities, food, entertainment, holidays, parenting, television and other hot topics. But she’s stepped away from covering these subjects for a few months.

Instead, she’s been blogging up a storm, encouraging other people through her own pain.

Sherry lost her five-year-old son yesterday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Logan’s life has become a light for many of us, even if we have not met him. This little strawberry-haired lad demonstrated dignity, joy and bravery in the middle of a beastly battle.

To honor Logan, Sherry has asked any and all to take a time out for fun. Play with your kids. If you don’t have children of your own, find something childlike and spunky to do today.

Dance in the kitchen. Make a snow angel. Toss a Frisbee with the dog. Blow some bubbles.

Crank up your favorite tunes, and sing in the car at the top of your lungs. You don’t have to sound like the late-great Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson. Just let ‘er rip.

Our poetic friend Pam is in, and so are many others.

In my house, we’re making heart cookies today, but they’re not for Valentine’s Day this time. They’re for Logan.

Then go tell Sherry what you did.

Give this sweet mom and her readers a reason to smile through the tears over the loss. Maybe Logan will somehow see all of us frolicking in weird ways today, as grownups turn into tots for a moment in his honor.

C’mon. You know you wanna.

Besides, you can always pick up your pen again tomorrow.

One more thing.

Please pray for Sherry and Adam and their other kids. Ask God to comfort those who mourn and equip them to go on another day.

Sherry writes a column about “Dancing with the Stars” on Yahoo! Voices. May God grant her a secret glimpse of her little Logan, as he gives that phrase a whole new meaning for a grieving mom.

Today, all of the links listed are articles penned by Sherry. Why not give her a read?

Yes, sometimes a writing break means a whole lot more than R&R. Today, you can take a rest, have a blast, and make it count.

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