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life lessons

So it’s been a while since my last post and if you read it, you are aware why. When you are not directly impacted by a loss, you feel badly for others but your life continues relatively normally. The struggle for those who find themselves drowning in the grieving process is that they don’t have… Continue reading life lessons

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Am I an orphan now?

On Tuesday, July 21st at around 11:20 am, I held my father’s hand as he died. Tomorrow is the memorial service. I really don’t have a lot to say yet, I’m sure more will come in time. What I do know is that I don’t have any living parents anymore. I have joined the club… Continue reading Am I an orphan now?

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role reversal

Another post I don’t know how to begin. Last Tuesday I received a call that my father was in the hospital.  There are 4 siblings scattered across the country so the calls began.  Another call came in at 4pm which motivated us all even faster. My brother made it to the hospital around midnight, his… Continue reading role reversal

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reflection

So I decided to give dating a shot again. Such a strange world to be a part of.  On Friday night I met a man for dinner. We had a nice time, often commiserating on the ‘joys’ of dating.  One of the things he mentioned was logistics.  One story was about someone he dated for… Continue reading reflection

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playing small

For most of my life, I was not actively aware that I was playing small.  Like a lot of people, I went about my days, weeks, years ‘living’ my life.  What I have come to know is that both ‘the path of least resistance’ as well as ‘going with the flow’ are usually indicators of… Continue reading playing small

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feet

We live in a world where you can change virtually everything about yourself.  You can surgically and non-surgically change how you look for a price.  You can inject fillers or go under the knife.  You can make tiny changes or make yourself unrecognizable if you choose. We have a million ways to change features we… Continue reading feet

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hindsight

I have been thinking a lot about this topic lately.  In large part due to the anniversary of my losing my mom.  I remember so many times over the last 18 years just wishing I could have her back.  For me personally, I have been living with this life altering loss for almost 2 decades.… Continue reading hindsight