Category Archives: Celebrating Inspirations

I Lost My Mom 28 Years Ago Today…

…and my tradition has been to spend a part of this day grieving, and a part of the day counting my blessings and reflecting on how to make the most of the time I’ve got left. I live in South … Continue reading

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Prayers & Puttering on Father’s Day

Today at our church and at churches around the nation, prayers and prayers and more prayers were lifted up for Orlando… My heart breaks for all the families who are planning funerals and memorial services when they should be planning … Continue reading

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Treasure Each Day

Today would have been my dad’s 78th birthday, and I celebrated his life today by remembering all the little things we did together: reading, drawing, fishing, woodworking, skiing, skating, painting, cooking, building, the list goes on and on…  My dad … Continue reading

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Finding Peace, Conquering Grief

I lost my mom 27 years ago today, and today I’m reminded of a little card that Mom had tucked away in her jewelry box.   The card contained just the first half of the Serenity Prayer, the part that … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2015: THANK YOU, VETERANS!!!

MEMORIAL DAY 2015: THANK YOU, Veterans!!! These two little words are so important! As children we were taught to say “please” and “thank you” as a matter of courtesy- but “thank you” is the more important of the two because … Continue reading

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Prayers for Peace: Thanksgiving 2014

This Thanksgiving Day, I’m lifting up prayers for anyone who is hurting because I’ve been there.  I’ve grieved the loss of friends and the loss of family members including both of my parents.  I’ve also suffered enough to know that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Dad as Veterans Day Approaches

This morning, on the anniversary of my dad’s death, and two days short of his 77th birthday, my daughter sang with the chorus at her elementary school’s Veteran’s Day celebration and I was struck by sadness that she never really … Continue reading

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Being In The Picture

On this day 26 years ago, I lost my mom- and my world was forever changed.  Words can’t describe the feeling of a loss so profound; the initial shock is like having your feet pulled out from under you (I … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day 2014

Happy Father’s Day 2014! As a writing teacher, I teach my students that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I also teach that we can learn from all of our stories, so we should save them … Continue reading

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25 Years… and a day.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 25 years since I lost my mom.  I hardly feel old enough to have been without her for so long; I’m only 43 years old, and it seems like 17 was a whole … Continue reading

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