“Tough Stuff”

27 02, 2013

“Princess Butterfly”: How to Explain Death & Dying to Small Children

By | 2013-02-27T04:00:00-07:00 February 27th, 2013|Resources & Information, Seasons of Life|12 Comments

Explaining death & dying to small children. I used to feel like the word “dead” hung awkwardly in the air whenever I said it in the presence of my daughter, Zoey.  In time, I realized there was no getting around this word or its meaning and I shouldn’t be afraid to use it.  Death is a part of life and I couldn’t shield her from this fact forever.  When Zoey was about 3-1/2 years old, a dying monarch butterfly gave me the confidence to broach this topic with her. my Zoey She and her dad found the butterfly [...]

13 02, 2013

Coming Soon: A Valentine’s Day . . . ALONE

By | 2013-02-13T04:00:53-07:00 February 13th, 2013|Inspiration, Self-Help|5 Comments

When Your Valentine Can’t be With You   Valentine’s Day – it seems people either love it or hate it. At least, there’s a great deal of hate for it on Facebook nowadays and of course, outcry against the extreme commercialization of relationships. But for a widowed person this sweet holiday can feel like a punch in the gut. Having a whole day dedicated to the relationship you've lost is a miserable and potentially anxiety inducing event. Maybe this is your first Valentine's Day alone or, like a dear friends of mine, your last Valentine's Day with that special someone. [...]

1 01, 2013

The Gift of Reconciliation & My Mother: Reflections & Resolutions

By | 2013-01-01T05:00:25-07:00 January 1st, 2013|General, Inspiration|27 Comments

The Gift of Reconciliation, Reunion and How It Will Shape My New Year's Resolution In October I wrote a post about the potential of losing a loved one at the holidays. Photo Credit: www.hipsterscripture.com While I am writing this, my grandmother is still with us. However, she will never be the same. She relies on round the clock care from caretakers. Her dementia has been thrown into overdrive and she does not remember what I have told her five minutes before. It is no longer me that she relies on, but her daytime caretaker for security. While she [...]

25 12, 2012

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical

By | 2012-12-25T05:00:23-07:00 December 25th, 2012|General, Inspiration|14 Comments

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical   December, 1952 – I was 5 years old.  There was a walkway from the street to the back door, which my brothers kept shoveled despite snow that was higher than our heads.  The plowed and drifted snow banks were up to the second floor of the house.  I am the youngest in a family of eight.  Six of us were still at home. March, 1952. ALL the Anderson children, upon arriving home from Mama's funeral. If you notice, we all attended. There was no question that I at 5, was too young [...]

28 11, 2012

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver

By | 2012-11-28T05:00:07-07:00 November 28th, 2012|General, Self-Help|21 Comments

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don't Forget To Designate A Driver Today I had to take my car to the dealer for an 80,000 mile service.  I was given a voucher for a complimentary rental car.  I gave the gentleman behind the desk my license and credit card as requested.  He offered me their "$15 Walk Away Insurance" in the event anything should happen to the vehicle while I am driving it.  I, of course, agreed right away. I walked away thinking how interesting it is that we worry more about protecting things than we do people. When [...]

7 11, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion

By | 2012-11-07T05:00:41-07:00 November 7th, 2012|General, Inspiration|39 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee beautifully wrote . . . Via Pinterest I found this to be the case as I learned more about Barry Petersen. November is National Alzheimer Awareness Month and our Blog Coordinator, Molly Keating, asked me if I would take the opportunity to write something that we could share to help bring more awareness to this insidious disease. Other than those who were famous and who were willing to share their fate, (President Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, and most recently, Glen [...]

2 11, 2012

Richard and Becky – A Love Story in Michigan

By | 2012-11-02T05:00:20-07:00 November 2nd, 2012|General, Inspiration|34 Comments

Richard and Becky - A Love Story At the end of every summer we make the long road trip with our two dogs to Calumet, MI, a tiny town of 800 people, more or less, in the Keweenaw (key‘-wah- nah) Peninsula of Upper Michigan. My remaining siblings arrive a few days later in dribbles until the house is full.  This September was no exception.  The family was together for our annual family gathering. It consisted this year of my niece Lynda, and my remaining siblings and spouses except Esther and Ruth who were too ill to travel this year. [...]

12 10, 2012

Tanya Brown: My Story

By | 2012-10-12T05:00:22-07:00 October 12th, 2012|Inspiration, News|34 Comments

My story begins in the summer of 1994. On the night of June 12th, my sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered. My pain was indescribable and insurmountable. Because of the notoriety, it became difficult for me to go through the normal grieving process. I stuffed my emotions and remained quiet. I became a master at concealing my feelings. My life took a detour and was not working out the way I wanted it to. I wanted to go out and speak on Domestic Violence and inspire souls, but I guess God wanted me to heal myself first. I had not [...]

10 10, 2012

Life Changes in an Instant: When We Are Faced With the Possibility of Losing a Loved One During the Holidays

By | 2012-10-10T05:00:53-07:00 October 10th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|30 Comments

The first day of Autumn has come and gone. Years of experience tells me that it is a downhill slide into the holiday season. The time of hustle and bustle has arrived. The streets, malls and restaurants will all be filled to capacity. It is the season of memories and family traditions and for some, a season of loss. This is the time of year when I long for my childhood. The holidays were easy and carefree back then. My biggest concern was whether or not Santa Claus would remember exactly which doll or bicycle I wanted. I knew I [...]

30 08, 2012

Have You Knocked At Every Door?

By | 2012-08-30T05:00:02-07:00 August 30th, 2012|Inspiration, Seasons of Life|31 Comments

Have You Knocked At Every Door? I'm reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Do you ever begin a book & realize you were destined to read it at just this time in life? That's how Les Mis feels. Yes, it's a huge, thick book but I like those the best. It's like meeting a new friend & having lots and lots of long talks. The right book can become a beautiful relationship & I already know just 1/4th of the way through Les Mis that this is going to be a life-long companion of mine. The pages of this book [...]