• Life Like Water, Stepping on Shadows

    Once the wintery mix stopped, it began raining and it’s rained and rained and rained and…it’s still raining. We’ve had a few hours of sunshine in the last couple of weeks but, at the moment, can’t really...

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  • Plan B

    As a former florist, I assisted with thousands of wedding plans. Three brides still I hold a special place in my heart. The first called the shop on a quiet mid-week afternoon. The young woman asked if was possible to have a...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Discipline

    Discipline is a challenging word when your life changes in a blink of an eye. My mother lived with us for four years and even prior to that I spoke to her just about every single day...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • 5 Months…but who’s counting…

    Here we are, in the tropics of Alaska, also known as Barrow. When we were packing for this trip, I told Dave, “Honey, you need to take a jacket or sweater.” He barely glanced my direction. “Oh...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • The Grass Is Slowly Growing, My Mother Is Slowly…

    This past weekend my mother entered hospice care. Her dementia has progressed to such a degree, that she is having difficulty communicating and eating. After making all the arrangements with the hospice nurse, I walked outside to...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Grief Unadorned

    “Good grief!” (no pun intended) I can hear you saying. Is she going to ratchet on again about grief? Well, yeah so if you don’t want to read this post, now would be a really, really good...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Becoming Visible

    By Heidi McLaughlin – I could hardly breathe. The memories in the house were chocking me. I had to get out. Only twenty-four short days ago my husband had walked out of the house and said “Honey,...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • New Ways to Think About Grief

    Someone you love dies, or develops a chronic illness, or becomes gravely ill. The man or woman in your life betrays you with another lover. You become unemployed and subsequently lose your home. The emotional result of...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • During Your Grief-Filled Christmas—God is Close

    By Kathleen Gibson – Grief is an unruly visitor—and even more so, when it drops in near Christmas. Surrounded by the mirth of others, the knife of loss cuts on both sides. For a time, the death...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • The Sadness of Holidays

    By Linda Menesez – Do you ever walk down neighborhood streets at night, and think about the warm glowing scenes you see through the uncovered windows? I do! I like to imagine the happiness inside those homes! Sometimes,...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief

    By Laura Petherbridge – October through December can be an excruciating time of year for those who have experienced a loss. In addition to the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, family trauma, job loss, a...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • How to Combine Celebration and Sorrow

    By Beth Havey – Most of us are familiar with the downside of the coming holidays: if there is sorrow in life it’s hard to get through these times when wherever you go people are wishing you...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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