When Grief keeps coming back

I have an old friend who keeps coming back. Her name is Grief. She’s been traveling a bit lately, and I haven’t missed her. But last night, while she was visiting someone else, she touched base with me again. The three of us had an unintentional...

Handling joy and grief at the holidays

Christmas is memories. I almost lost it today trying to choose a picture of my mom and me together, so I could make a new Christmas ornament. I found the last “good” picture of us together, from April of this year, about 3 months before she died. All the...

10 things I love about Christmas

  Who doesn’t love Christmas? There are so many reasons why I do. These are just 10 of the reasons I do, in approximate order: Decorating the Christmas tree–so many memories there: my childhood, my mother, my kids’ pictures, ornaments from all...

Grief sucks less today

On August 22, I wrote a blog entitled “Grief sucks,” and 458 of you read it (as of this minute). I wrote it after my great-grandmother’s mahogany table arrived at my home, fractured into 6 pieces. Thank you for reading. Technically, old things...

How to Help Your Children Walk Away

How to help your children walk away Today, my fifteen-year-old pulled into a parking space, albeit a bit crooked, in front of the drivers’ education school. He had driven us there, on the highway, and done well. We both opened our doors and climbed out....

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