Why I like doing laundry

I’m thinking about my mom today while I do the laundry. My mom loved doing laundry. I used to think she was crazy. The whole time we were growing up, she hung our clothes on the clothesline every Saturday: sheets, pants, tops, socks, dresses, slips, underwear....

Grief sucks

Grief sucks. Yes, I just said that. So you know I’m going to be honest here. This has been a really hard week. Grief is like that sometimes. Those who grieve will take small comfort in knowing that even for nice, spiritual people, every day doesn’t end in...

College again–breathe deeply

It’s happening again. I think I’m getting better at this process of separating from my children, but maybe I’m just better at breathing deeply. Pacing myself and mentally preparing myself for the amputation. It helps to stay busy. And I’ve sure...

How to cope with loss

Yesterday was August 8. The date meant nothing to me specifically, except that it was one month after July 8. Just an ordinary day for most people, but for me, it marked the one-month anniversary of my mom’s death. The only month of my life that I have existed...

Grace: how to get it and why it will change you

“Grace?” I picture Elaine Benice, from Seinfeld, scrunching up her face in the episode where she meets Mr. Pitts, who has noticed her startling resemblance to Jackie O. “You think I have grace?“ Of course not. But then neither do I, most of the...

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