The Unveiling

The Unveiling

October 23, 2011

Referring to the “stone” sounds funny. It’s not just a stone, it’s granite, hard, natural, igneous rock essentially formed of quartz. The word ‘granite’ comes from the Latin word which means grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of a crystalline rock. This gives the word “stone” a whole new meaning. It’s a reminder of Michael’s life on earth; his courage and ability to solidify his family, to constantly be our “rock.” And like granite, he stayed the same over time, never affected by temperature or abrasive people. He was resistant to caustic surroundings, just like the headstone—he was able to withstand the elements over time. And so I think about the “stone” in relationship to Michael. Granite, which is formed within the earth, emerges to the surface in different ways, sometimes from volcanoes, and other times from continental shifts. The pressure resulting from this causes the granite to become compacted and tough, and like Michael, steadfast until the end.

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About TRatner

Terry Ratner is a freelance writer, registered nurse, and writing instructor in Phoenix, Arizona. In June of 2004, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Writing has always served a purpose in her life, but it wasn't until her son died in a motorcycle accident in March, 1999, that she began to publish her works. What's unique about Terry is the way she balances the life of a nurse with the life of a writer. "Nursing allows me to give back to the community and then write about those experiences." Ratner teaches creative writing in a variety of settings from community colleges to a school for homeless children (Thomas J. Pappas) to wellness communities throughout the Valley of the Sun. In 2004, Terry launched an Arts and Healing program for children undergoing dialysis at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. She has published numerous personal essays, cover stories, interviews, and book reviews for a variety of national and regional publications. Her manuscript, a work in progress, features a series of twelve essays, ten of which are introduced with black and white photos, dealing with issues of family and identity.
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One Response to The Unveiling

  1. ayraud@cox.net says:

    Beautiful Terry!

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