Loss: When Good Neighbors Move

My neighbors have up and moved. I tried my best to convince them they’d never find neighbors like us again… and yet they persisted. We moved into this neighborhood 5 years ago, and the warmth of this couple has radiated across the street ever since. Oh, the borrowing...

Knowing Someone Cares is Like Gold

“You can tell if someone really cares what you’re going through. They are watchful enough to know when to leave you alone and helpful enough to assure you that you’re not. Your lousy day can change with the smallest of gestures: someone asking how you’re doing and...

On Loss: Aftermath of Divorce and the Heartache of Loss

When you write a book you don’t get to design the cover, and I was nervous putting this aspect in someone else’s hands. But then I opened the box filled with my complimentary copies. At last, the finished product. Oolala, much more colorful and cheerful than I imaged....

Memorial Day: More Than Just Time Off

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for a lot of people, and they’re excited to get a 3-day weekend to celebrate. That’s fun, and I used to have a boat so I know. But today means more to the millions who want to honor, not only soldiers lost, but someone dear...

Youth: A Loss That Doesn’t Need To Be

My second wind is on it’s way. This mind is reshuffling after reading Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life by Dr. Bill Thomas. The book starts with the history of how we ended up as a culture leading such frenzied lives —...

An Empty Nest Resets Your Life

Blue Wildebeest babies stand up within 6 min. of birth and can out run a hyena within a day. Learning life is up to them from the get go. Such a far cry from the stubborn attachment we feel for our human babies when it comes time for them to wonder off.  ...

Will the Next Step Surpass the Last?

My feet were famous once. A reporter showed up to our Halloween Ball and took some action shots for a pending story. I gave my permission to be photographed as long as she didn’t include my feet, and joked about always having the biggest ones out there. So what do you...

Happy Stressless Anniversary

“It’s so dark in here. So quiet!” This was music to our ears because it was what we treasured most about our first home in the country. Silent. Dark. Peaceful. We smiled at the “compliment” from our overnight quests, but hold on. Turns out they were complaining....

Thank You All.

I’m so grateful to those of you who have helped make my book successful. I hope it has helped you or someone you know through the worst of it. You might expect a book about grieving to pull you down, but words of comfort can calm the heart- wrenching emotions that...

Stopping Your Runaway Brain Train

It’s no secret in my family — I’m the worrier. I often get caught up in thoughts that carry me away to unnecessary sadness or concern. The pondering, the speculating, and the exaggeration that goes on is criminal AND, mostly futile. A friend has saved my life recently...