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#329 Death at a Wedding

“What if, when there is a wedding, there is also a funeral?” my twelve year old daughter says to me from the backseat on the way to school this morning. “What do you mean?” I asked. “What if when a person gets married, there is also a funeral…to bury the person they were. Because when they get married, they become a new person. A … Read More #329 Death at a Wedding

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#328 Thin Skin (& a Nod to Katie)

Here we are, rounding the corner on two years since we lost my father.  It’s funny, my family – we keep trying to remember bits of last Christmas. It’s foggy. One of the few things I remember is that Karen wore an elf suit to Christmas dinner (bless her heart), because she said everyone needed some Christmas spirit. (It is impossible not to love … Read More #328 Thin Skin (& a Nod to Katie)

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Day 314/365 A Blog Mostly Full

One year ago (one year and two days, to be precise) I announced that I was going to write a blog a day for 365 days. You may ask… What the hell were you thinking? That’s a fair question – and one I have asked myself more than once. The answer is…I was drowning, and somehow I knew that writing would help me to keep … Read More Day 314/365 A Blog Mostly Full

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Day 282/365 Is It You? Is It Me?

I just wanted to share a story tonight – it is an old Buddhist tale… There was a monastery that had once been a thriving community, but had declined over the years. The monks were having trouble attracting new people into their fold, and the monks themselves had become lazy in their practice. Few people visited. One of the monks went to see a … Read More Day 282/365 Is It You? Is It Me?

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Day 277/365 Unexpected

I have a handful of loved ones going through really hard things right now. Each situation is, in a sense, completely different from that of the others. However, a common thread exists, and that is that none of them pictured themselves here, experiencing this moment. They are all dealing with things they’d never expected they would. Things were not supposed to be this way.  … Read More Day 277/365 Unexpected

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Day 250/365 Why Dogs Are Happier Than People

This afternoon I bundled up for a walk with Louie. I threw on my dad’s hoodie sweatshirt, which usually hangs comfortingly on the back of my bedroom door (I’m not really one for sweatshirts – I’ve saved his purely for sentimental reasons). Having it on under by coat felt like a warm hug. It felt like I was taking him with me. As I … Read More Day 250/365 Why Dogs Are Happier Than People

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Day 222/365 Important

Last night we had a bad storm. I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention (totally possible) but it’s intensity seemed to come out of nowhere. The wind absolutely howled and clawed at my windows as I lay in bed. One child had already climbed in with me before I had even turned out my reading light. Laying there listening to the wind, … Read More Day 222/365 Important

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Day 218/365 Please Pass the Mike & Ike’s

Do you ever feel overcome by an emotion that you know is entirely…messed up?  On my lunch break today I ran an errand. I saw someone I’ve known all my life; a person who has not been well (physically, nor perhaps mentally) for years. I bobbed and weaved to avoid being seen and therefore having to have a conversation with her. I used to … Read More Day 218/365 Please Pass the Mike & Ike’s

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Day 209/365 Me Too

In the wake of the NY Times article revealing allegations about Hollywood Mogul, Harvey Weinstein’s, many, many acts of sexual harassment and assault, people are outraged. I have been feeling a bit numb about it…not numb in the sense that I don’t care, but numb in the sense that I feel yet another wave of helplessness over the horrible things that we human beings … Read More Day 209/365 Me Too

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Day 194/365 Stardust

Tonight I stood outside on the lawn of the house where I grew up.  I looked up at the stars from the same vantage point I have so many times before. The stars have always shone so brightly from here, in the (relative) country, away from street lights or city lights. So many times I have stopped outside this house, looked up and marveled … Read More Day 194/365 Stardust

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Day 169/365 Son of a…

I battled a headache all day yesterday.  I was tired and quick to tears. I begged off on a party last night, just not having the energy to go.  This morning I woke up with a headache all over again. “I think you’re getting sick,” Monica said. “No, I’m just sad…and I have allergies, I think. Although I’ve never had allergies…” We decided to … Read More Day 169/365 Son of a…

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Day 158/365 Island Adventure Part II

When I left off, the girls and I had gone off to bed. We were exhausted, and well…it was dark. Literally. There is no electricity here. There is a queen sized bed in a loft, which one accesses by ladder, and there is a queen sized futon on the first floor.  The loft has only a rope “railing” (more of a decorative feature, really). … Read More Day 158/365 Island Adventure Part II