Tag Archives: acceptance

An Unsent Letter to my Kids

Written in the 3rd week of August 2014: I woke up too early this morning. I was outside in time to put the trash to the street at 6:30. I walked down the hill with Michael to cut mesquite. Michael … Continue reading

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Death, Ritual and the Funeral

It has been two months and ten days since my husband died. In five more days it will be two months since his funeral. When he died unexpectedly in Lima, Peru I was asked over and over again why I … Continue reading

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Two Months

Two months ago today my husband died. It seems like forever, it seems like yesterday. My son and I went to visit a woman last week who I have been friends with for more than ten years. She was already … Continue reading

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from my Dog

Just follow the dog! When loved ones come home, run to greet them.  Give sloppy kisses and wag your tail with enthusiasm.  (They may push you away, but how can they help but love you?) Never pass up the opportunity … Continue reading

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America Is Beautiful

I loved the CocaCola ad.  I love the diversity that makes up the melting pot which is our nation.  Everyone in the ad was singing about this country of ours, blessed by God and crowned with brotherhood or sisterhood or … Continue reading

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The Chameleon

January’s short story contest theme was metamorphosis. The story had to include a reptile, a change, and a surprise.  I thought of Kafka and the salesman who turns into a cockroach.  But more realistically it is growing old that’s hard … Continue reading

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The Do You Know Scale

These 20 questions aren’t the miracle cure for a strong family, but they do give a starting point for talking together and building that family narrative: THE DO YOU KNOW SCALE, a measure developed by (Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush of … Continue reading

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Time flies

Time has a way of moving quickly, catching us unawares with the passing years. It seems like just yesterday that I was young (in fact I still feel young) newly wed and embarking on my new life with my husband. … Continue reading

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A Journey Back in Time

I came across something I wrote on October 12, 1984 yesterday.  I had forgotten the details of an adventure that I still think of from time to time and was happy to see that I had actually written them down. … Continue reading

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Life and Death

Becoming Berta We received a phone call night before last informing us that my 90 year old mother-in-law is in the hospital.  She had gotten sick during an outing with friends, paramedics were called and she was sent to the … Continue reading

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