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    Grief, Gratitude and the Gift of Turning 50

    April 17, 2019

    I got robbed on my fortieth birthday. While all my friends were having fun celebrating the start of their own “Lordy, Lordy, look who’s forty” decade, I was tucked away in my own private pity party, fuming over the fact that my life totally sucked. What the hell is there to celebrate, Dad just died. Mom is sick. It’s supposed to the best time of my life, and this is what I got. My birthdays will never be the same.…

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  • Seeing is Believing

    It’s been over a month and I’m still in awe. Over this past Christmas holiday, my husband, Mike, and I attended a party hosted by one of my dear friends. Feeling warm and festive…

    January 30, 2019
  • Roses are Red – Part 2

    It had been two months since my mom’s passing and my two miracle roses were still standing tall stuffed inside their humble vase: a generic, plastic water bottle. My nephew Jonah and my three…

    November 28, 2018
  • Roses are Red

    I was desperate. I had to do something to distract myself from the grief that was beginning to suffocate me. Knowing it was the last time I would ever be near my mom’s physical…

    October 9, 2018
  • Divine Assignments

    “I swear, I can’t take you anywhere.” My husband Mike broke the silence with his typical, quick-witted comment as we watched our kind and VERY emotional car salesman walk away. Grasping the keys to…

    August 9, 2018
  • Kudos from Heaven

    These days, family milestones can feel like a double-edged sword. On one end, I’m in the zone, smiling and celebrating away with everyone, on the other, I’m struggling, holding back the pain of missing…

    June 20, 2018
  • Pale is the New Tan

    Mom warned me. Even her mother, my Nana, warned me. But I didn’t care, nor did I listen. “Stay out of the sun,” they would say. “Don’t lay out. Always wear your sunscreen, no…

    April 16, 2018