Author Archives: TRatner

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.

Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike I bowled today for the first time in twenty-some years. It seemed like a good way to spend an afternoon with three young boys, my grandsons, who were on spring break. My motive—I wanted to expose them to … Continue reading

Posted in Moving On, The Widow's Corner | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories I’ve always dreaded sleep. As a child, I’d read with a flashlight under my blanket convinced that turning in meant missing out on fun. I tried to train myself to sleep with my forearm upright, my head propped … Continue reading

Posted in Moving On, The Widow's Corner | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment


Left to right: Leonard and Evelyn Pasternack; Bubbles and Gerald Rotstein My mother and her two best friends, Evelyn and Bubbles, were inseparable. They knew each other as young wives in Chicago, having been introduced by their husbands who went … Continue reading

Posted in Losing a parent, The Widow's Corner | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


SELFIES What do you really look like? Aren’t you the world’s leading authority on the subject? After all, we’ve looked at ourselves and studied our faces for years, not to mention with a life-or-death intensity, in all magnifications—lighted car visors … Continue reading

Posted in Moving On | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Addiction

My Addiction I’m addicted to It started innocently with a free two-week membership and an occasional quick search every couple of days. But then an hour or two of researching turned into five, six, or seven. It became a … Continue reading

Posted in Losing a parent | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


HOMAGE TO MY FATHER The last time I wished my father dead, I meant it. I was on a plane home to Phoenix after visiting him in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he was in his final stage of life. As … Continue reading

Posted in Losing a parent | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Sliver of Sky

Sliver of Sky by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA Send comments to I knew ahead of time the exact route I’d take that evening. I needed no GPS or verbal directions to the restaurant where a group of writers were … Continue reading

Posted in Losing a Child | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Driving Ms. Gracie

  On the Tuesday before New Year’s Eve, we packed up the car with two duffel bags, one cosmetic case, a hanging bag, cooler for snacks, and one Bedlington terrier named Gracie. But before you feel sorry for her, picture … Continue reading

Posted in Moving On | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turning Sixty

Over the past few years, I’ve begun to feel age. I feel it when I turn my left arm sideways to grab something or when I extend it over my over my head (torn rotator cuff), but I decided to … Continue reading

Posted in Moving On | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Esophageal Cancer 101: In 850 Words or Less

    by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA   … the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall starve your vital energies and do no manner of work…. For on this day it shall bring atonement upon you, … Continue reading

Posted in The Widow's Corner | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments