Tag Archives: Loss

Parenting Under the Influence

24 Mar

 

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

As more people are having kids later in life, many find themselves navigating the unchartered waters of parenting without the guidance of their own parents to help light the way.

When I lost my adored mother-in-law, Sue, and grandmother-in-law, Shirley, mere months after having my first child, the thought of raising my daughter without them was, well, incomprehensible.

But the other day, as I was booking a theatre class for my toddler, I realized: I am parenting under the influence…

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The Goldfinch

24 Feb
“Goldfinch” © Chickens in the Trees, Flickr Creative Commons

“Goldfinch” © Chickens in the Trees, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s not often that I recommend a book so unilaterally. Frankly, I don’t recommend most books I enjoy because they’re usually too far in the realm of classic on the one end or fantasy on the other.

Not true with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Whether you’re man or woman, adventure lover or philosopher, page skimmer or word obsessor, it’s well worth your time.

In truth, what kept me reading was the mystery of the story. But what made it unforgettable? What so compelled me to share it? Continue reading

Hope and Hard Truths

6 Feb

Greenlake Seattle SunsetRegardless of your political preferences, this is a refreshingly honest talk on grief (see video below) from Joe Biden to military families in mourning.

For anyone coping with a loss, I hope it will bring you some peace during this reflective time of year.

“There will come a day, I promise you, when the thought of your [lost loved one] brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It WILL happen. My prayer for you is, that day will come sooner than later. But … I’m telling you: It will come.” ~Joe Biden

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Loss and Legacy

27 May

Here are some of the many special people this community is remembering today, along with a little snapshot as to why.

I hope this project inspires you to share your own story of a loved one. Loss does not take away legacy. It simply leaves it in our hands to champion that tale.

I wish you a Memorial Day filled with the stories of a lifetime.

Want to add to this post? All are welcome. Simply post a comment below.

Shirley Drury

(She’s the beauty in the middle.)

Shorthand expert, bowling instructor, and military secretary. Always wore heels—even in her 90s. Her, her maternal grandparents, and all six of her grandparents’ children were married 50+ years.

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Memorial Day Project, Take 2

13 May

Sue Angela Cancer WalkI want to know the stories of that special someone you’ve lost.

Too many times, we’re encouraged not to talk about such things. But those people are still a part of us. And what better time to remember them and their life stories than Memorial Day? Share with me. Share with us.

Last May, I did this Memory Day project, and it was so appreciated, I’m doing it again.

In the comments section below, write the name (first only is fine) and a memory or two you’d like to share. Continue reading

Booby Trap

6 Oct

Pink Camo BraYesterday I was going to write a post in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and talk about all the ways boobs are great and why we should look out for them.

Finally, a blog post more in the spirit of Sue: funny, lighthearted, and forthright, but with a purpose. I was going to call it “Boobs.” Instead I was detoured by an unexpected booby trap.

Steve Jobs died.

Granted, I am not an “Apple person,” and frankly, I knew very little about the man. That’s why, after picking Szaba up from the sitter, I was shocked to find myself sitting in the car crying.

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