Cheryl Velk

In solitude and togetherness, living the poetry and trying to put it into words.

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cherylvelk

Author of the book Garden Songs: A Spiritual Formation Field Journal.

Offline October: An Inconvenient Fast

Inspired by students in Littleton, Colorado, who came up with Offline October a few years ago to promote mental health and real face-to-face connection in the wake of suicides in their community, I decided to extend my late-September social media break to include all of October. It was a modified break, though, with a few exceptions, because it quickly became a deeper fast from things much more specific and personal. […]

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9/11, 3:03 a.m. Island Time

It was 3:03 a.m. island time when I woke up out of a sound sleep, gasping in horror, my arms pushing my upper body a foot and a half straight up off of the bed. That had never happened before. Disoriented and not understanding what woke me up, I looked at the clock. Times with repeating numbers always catch my attention, so the time stuck with me – 3:03 a.m […]

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Faith and Art: Why Do We Write?

Why we write is a fair question, especially when we put the word “Christian” in front of the word “writer.” I wrote this piece last summer (July 2019). So close now to releasing the book I allude to in it, here I am stepping out into clearer view. May this first post be a reminder to never forget my first love. Why do we write? There are so many perfectly […]

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