Tag Archives: loss

Gift Of The Magi

My annual Christmas doldrums stayed away until the week before the big day. They slowly made their way into those early mornings hours when I worry myself awake. They like to sit on my chest, heavy and soggy with tears, … Continue reading

Posted in Being Creative, Childhood, Christmas, family, Gratefulness, Kindness, Matters of the Spirit, Memoir, Travels | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Parenting And The Unfairness Of Life

I will be turning seventy years old next week, and one of the lessons I’ve learned over the years is that being a parent doesn’t end when your child walks out the door, goes to college, and then gets married.  … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, family, Fear, Life, love, Navigating Through Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Chasing Ice

It’s November. Halloween is over. Americans spent eighty billion dollars on candy and costumes this Halloween. When it comes to money, what we have spent on the current election is unspeakable. Christmas carols will soon be echoing throughout every mall … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Navigating Through Life, photography, Thanksgiving, The Sea, Time, wonderings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reid’s Barn, A Hint Of What’s To Come

I often mention that I’m working on a memoir when I publish a post here.  I’ve been thinking that it’s time to share a little bit of what I’ve been working on.  The following piece will most likely be included … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, family, Fear, Life, Memoir, Navigating Through Life, Vermont, wonderings | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Letting Go

Things Change.  One minute the sun is shining, the next it’s raining cats and dogs. I might be really sad at noon, and then find myself happy and laughing hysterically by four o’clock. When I have a day that makes … Continue reading

Posted in Animals I Love, family, Gratefulness, Healthy Living, Navigating Through Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Companionship

Sam has lost three of his best friends this past year.  Last November it was Molly, the little Maltese/Terrier mix with whom he fell head over heels in love with the first time he met her.  They were very close … Continue reading

Posted in Animals I Love, family, Friendships, Gratefulness, Life, love, marriage, Mental Health, Travels | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Peppermint, 2005-2012

The first time I saw her, I had just signed up as a volunteer at the SPCA to help care for the cats that were housed at our local Pet Smart store.  She sat in her cage playing with a … Continue reading

Posted in Animals I Love, Friendships, Life, love | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Power, Loss, And Impermanence

Loss is a fact of life.  Impermanence is everywhere we look.  We are all going to suffer our losses.  How we deal these losses is what makes all the difference.  For it is not what happens to us that determines … Continue reading

Posted in family, Life, wonderings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Cleo, 1995-2012

She was my Mom’s cat.  I was there when Mom went to the SPCA to find a new friend.  Mom had recently moved here to Virginia from New Hampshire and was finally settled into a lovely small home.  Now she … Continue reading

Posted in Animals I Love, family, Life, love, Matters of the Spirit, Memoir, stories, The Garden | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

On Mother’s Day

I wrote the following poem years ago when I was visiting Ireland, once a year, loving the peace and quiet of County Mayo.  I rambled through cemeteries, many forgotten and uncared for, learning about women’s lives by reading the few … Continue reading

Posted in family, Life, love, Poetry, stories, Travels, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments