Category Archives: Hardships

Castle in the Sand – When the Life You Knew Crumbles and Another Gets Built

My curiosity propels me forward.  A small group of people are congregating on the beach outside the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.  They are taking pictures, but all I can see from a distance is a green beach umbrella … Continue reading

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Fully Alive While Waiting

There are a number of bracelets on her emaciated left wrist; some with crystal beads strung on elastic, another with tiny crosses and charms.  The purplish-pink one with the letters DNR is the one I notice first.   We are visiting … Continue reading

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Buried in Clutter, Lost in Denial

Our elderly neighbors seldom come outside despite the park-like setting of their suburban yard.  We watch the exterior of their home deteriorate from lack of paint, boards coming loose and holes from animals welcoming decay. Three walls of the home’s … Continue reading

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A Messy Riot of a Life

I am the “Queen of Plan B.”  I pride myself on being flexible, being able to drop whatever I am doing if something more important presents itself.  Something more important could mean responding to a serious health crisis of a … Continue reading

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A Poem – Succumbing to Grief?

Faces of emaciated caged dogs, appear on the television screen, the swollen bellies of children we have never seen. Closer to home, a young girl’s life draws to an end – from an invasive tumor growing in her head. A … Continue reading

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