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“In All Things Give Thanks”

Chris’ friends plow my long driveway after his death, fix the garbage disposal and replace the leaky faucet.   Baskets of ready-to-eat foods and snacks for both adults and kids brought to my home by a co-worker.  Platters of lunch meats, … Continue reading

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To Thine Own Self Be True

November is National Family Caregiver Month – here is my reflection on my experience as a caregiver… Taking care of others starts early for me as my mother is chronically ill as I grow up.  My time spent playing with … Continue reading

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Just an ordinary day

The phone rings in the middle of the night.  Katie looks at the clock and it is 2:20 a.m.  “Katie, it’s Dad, I am so sorry but I think you should come home honey, the hospice nurse says Mom doesn’t … Continue reading

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Remembering Through Rituals and Traditions

Golden apple pie with sauce oozing through the lattice-topped crust; the cinnamon sugar  topping of pistachio nut bread crunching between my teeth; say the words Grandma Helen’s, and I become Pavlov’s dog as I recall her ritual of showing her … Continue reading

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God’s work amongst the ashes – Part IV

Peering through the small rectangle of glass in the narthex door, I scan the modest size crowd that has gathered in the sanctuary of the Lutheran church where I have been a member since the age of four. It seems … Continue reading

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Disease of Secrets – Part Two

My last post (Disease of Secrets – Part One) I told you that my dad died from Tuberculosis.  His exposure to TB came at the age of two, when his mother died of the dreaded disease when she was 30 … Continue reading

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Fur balls, Fun and Farewells

I am highly allergic to cats but there is something about this green-eyed American Shorthair that makes me disregard my sneezes and pick her up to nozzle and stroke her. The joy she brings to outsiders like me and to her human … Continue reading

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