Happy Birthday, Grief

Happy Birthday, Grief Grief is trying to sneak up on me again, but I’m ready for her. In less than a week, October will be over. October is the birthday month for me and both of my parents, who were born on the same day, two years apart. Destiny, I guess. I find...

A surprising benefit of grief

A surprising benefit of grief This weekend, I built another bridge between life and death. Between loneliness and memories. Between grief and joy. I did it by stripping a 150-year-old dresser. Which is exactly what my mother would have done, except she would have...

3 reasons you should visit a cemetery

3 Reasons You Should Visit a Cemetery This past week, only days after Memorial Day, I ironically found myself attending 2 funerals and visiting 2 cemeteries. I listened to Taps from a Marine bugle, I watched a flag being folded and unfolded by 2 solemn officers, and I...

What I’m Thinking About this Memorial Day

What I’m Thinking About this Memorial Day Most people I know are happy about Memorial Day, There’s no school, no work, and probably some beach or pool time. They throw burgers on the grill and spend time in the sun. But that’s not what I’m thinking about on Memorial...

Why Mother’s Day Hurts

Why Mother’s Day Hurts Grief has been making herself a general nuisance in my life this week. She’s preparing for Mother’s Day. Yesterday, I picked up a bronze memorial plaque at the trophy store bearing my mom’s name; it will adorn a bench on a deck that leans over a...

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