In honor of the 21st anniversary of my sister’s (still unsolved) murder, I’m re-posting an essay that I wrote and was published by Foliate Oak Literary Magazine a few years ago that explored the aftermath of that traumatic event in my life. My mom’s recent passing makes me think of them now together in love, … More She Had Known Me Forever
I have found that while these feelings are uncomfortable, accepting those unfavorable feelings gives me clarity. But I always try to skip steps. … More Skip the Pain
Finding Hope Through Grief.
“Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.” -Elizabeth Kubler Ross Unfortunately, in the case of the person I remember today, a peaceful death did … More Remembering a Fallen Star
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama A friend of mine recently lost her dad. Having experienced the loss of my own father several years ago, I could share my pain with her. And not just that I lost someone that I love, … More How to Activate Your Compassion Gene
“If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.” -Brene Brown from The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are So in my previous post, I stated that “each person has their own … More Normal Standards of Belonging
I could probably list hundreds of reasons and bizarre experiences that could “prove” to you why I perceive myself and my life as not being “normal.” As a matter of fact, just describing my experiences by using the word “bizarre” proves how I sometimes feel about my life. As I reflect, the “not-normal” feeling I … More Research, Loss, & the Normal Experience