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Tears Come With Joy and Sorrow

I visit my first husband’s grave to tell him that our son is getting married and I tear up.  And when I see our daughter in her wedding gown for the first time, the same thing happens.  Two children getting … Continue reading

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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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What are the words to your grief song?

I turn up the volume of the TV when Ellen DeGeneres announces that one of her favorite singers is going to perform on her show.  It is Joshua Radin and the song is, “Beautiful Day.” I focus all my attention on … 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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Falling Back To The Earth

“Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, unnerves his strength, invites his end.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson  “How beautiful the leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.”  John Burroughs When a tree is diseased or … Continue reading

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A Date With History

Chris will be turning sixty-one on January 31, but I don’t think he’s celebrating birthdays in heaven.  Twenty-four years after his death, I still pause on this day and wonder if his baby face would have aged well, if his … Continue reading

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