The Beat Up Roasting Pan

Every couple of years I like to re-post this. It was my first published essay and also my first blog. It’s special to me, and every year it’s message rings true! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you planning the big feast,trying to figure out how to prep the turkey, which this holiday revolves…

The Dreaded Decade

  I remember when the first month had passed. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard your laugh or felt one of your loving hugs in thirty days. Unfathomable. Today marks ten years. The dreaded decade mark I can’t believe is here, a decade since our last mother-daughter moment. It seems impossible that I have moved…

Sentimental Pack Rat

* This is dedicated to Dorothy Mitchell and Jeff and Mary Denton* In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra Are you the type of person who becomes attached to things? I am. I’m not talking about being materialistic. Although, that…

The Odd Coffee Cup

IN HONOR OF MOTHER’s DAY- FOR A MOTHER I MISS SO MUCH❤️❤️❤️ Content and beaming with pride, she was happy to be a stay at home mother. But one blustery spring evening, news came of her husband’s sudden passing. Possessing no life insurance, there was little to cushion the financial blow from losing the breadwinner…

For the love of dogs

At the advice of my bestie and writing mentor, I am posting a chapter of my memoir that recently won honorable mention in a contest. As with many things in life, we rarely take the time to pat our own back or find it in ourselves to be proud of something we’ve done. I know…

The Journal Project

This is my birthday week, and to celebrate I’m writing about one of my favorite things- journaling. “ I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” ~ Anne Frank Journaling has been a part of my life since I…

I’m Taking it Back

In Cheryl Sandberg’s recent memoir, Option B, she asks what we have “taken back” since experiencing a life-altering loss.   I’m reading Option B as a mini book club of sorts with my best friend. We read a chapter each week and then email each other our thoughts and feelings. We all have a Plan…

I’m Being Followed

My husband attended a particularly dreary doctor’s appointment with me in November, and afterwards he took me to the Asheville Arboretum for a mental reprieve. These pictures were taken from that fall afternoon. Looking at the last rays of sunlight filtering through the trees, I didn’t focus on how beautiful nature’s shadow was. I thought…

A Thanksgiving to forget

  We’ve all been there. My fellow club members know what I’m talking about. (For those of you wondering what club this is-don’t worry-it’s not one you voluntarily join. It’s for us poor sods who have lost a loved one or more.) Shout out to all my grief warriors–I’ve had one of those holidays–the type…

The Beat-Up Roasting Pan

Originally posted on WRITE OUTSIDE:
I love to share this, my very first blog post, every Thanksgiving as it holds much meaning to me. It’s been published in a few papers and a magazine, so I feel these feelings resonate with others as well. Hope you enjoy-again!! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you…

Grief is a Dog.

Originally posted on Alice in Authorland:
“Your real life, your whole life, is worth getting your heart broken a few thousand times.” ~ Martha Beck Take a vacation with Grief. Take the trip. I’m not talking about going somewhere, but getting to the bonfire of your broken heart. Take a vacation with Grief the way…

If my Parents were here…

Today, October 1st 2017, would be my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary- were they alive.   I wish so much that I could wish them a Happy Anniversary, throw them a party or hell…just have a conversation or  a laugh with them. I would love to be able to hug them.   Both their lives greatly…