Category Archives: Giving of yourself

Battling The Stress of the Holidays

Battling the crowds, scheduling family gatherings, Christmas parties, budgeting for gifts, meals or outings, school concerts, and church commitments are just some of the added stressors that bombard us during the holidays. When you add those to any unresolved grief, … Continue reading

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When Christmas isn’t joyful.

A week or so ago I was running some errands, the final stop, to buy some wine for an upcoming dinner party.  In happy contemplation of a lovely evening to come, I was lost in pleasant thoughts trying to decide … Continue reading

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The Ties that Bind.

Often, losing someone can make us stop and appreciate those who remain and many times those relationships become enriched.  This isn’t true in all cases, but for the most part, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to make … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

What do we feel on Remembrance Day?  Gratitude – primarily, sadness – definitely, respect- without doubt, anger – maybe, frustration – probably,  but does forgiveness enter into it at all? This day has always held such meaning for me.  We … Continue reading

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Suicide

Teen suicide has been in the news a lot lately and has touched our lives personally this past week.   Studies show that almost every person thinks about suicide some time in their lives.  It might only be in passing, and … Continue reading

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The Do’s and Don’ts.

When someone is grieving it’s very hard to know what to say or do. Feeling inadequate, powerless or uncomfortable is something I suspect most of us struggle with when faced with someone else’s grief. Here are some tips. I realize … Continue reading

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The affects of violence.

“I admire your strength. I’m still bitter and angry after all these years and not a holiday season will go by in my lifetime without me thinking about your daughter and Jane Creba and all of the other innocents whose … Continue reading

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Why I can’t get my act together to write a blog entry.

Ever wonder what a day is for a mother of 5? Today (a rarity) I got to sleep in until 8 a.m., although it wasn’t a real sleep as it was constantly interrupted by loud noises or arguments between the … Continue reading

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What possible silver lining could there be?

As some of you may know, my husband and I adopted two precious little girls from China since Stefanie’s death. (If you’re interested in knowing what it was like, feel free to visit my adoption blog at www.5xmum2b.blogspot.com.) The first … Continue reading

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Being Positive (part 2)

This comment from “Being Positive” is fantastic: I’ve been thinking more about this post, Patricia, in conjunction with learning about the weekend death from cancer of someone I knew slightly. There is an individual who worked hard to create problems … Continue reading

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