Maundy Thursday

One of the lovely things about being an Episcopalian is being part of a group that has traditions going back hundreds and hundreds of years. I’ve enjoyed the rites performed at our services and take great comfort is knowing that what I’m doing is being done by others all over the world. Christ commanded that... Continue Reading →

The Need to Say Goodbye

It occurred to me that Bryan and I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I hear about all these stories of people who are on death's bed and their family is all around them to say goodbye. Or maybe they bring in each family member, one at a time, for final messages meant just... Continue Reading →

Christmas #3 Post-Bryan

Do you remember when you were told to clean your room? Your solution was to shove everything in the closet and then slam the door fast before everything came tumbling back out (it’s funny how, as adults, we do that same thing). It works. Until you need something in the closet. You gently ease the... Continue Reading →

Food Porn

At some point in the ongoing life of Facebook, someone decided it was a great idea to post a picture of what they had for dinner. The presentation, the yumminess of it, the venue - all were just too irresistible not to share with SOMEONE. From there, a new age exploded - the food pic... Continue Reading →

We’re Vaccinated. Now what?

For those who have been vaccinated, it’s been deemed safe by the CDC to go maskless. The problem? For those of us who have been diligent about wearing a mask, we now feel naked without it. We also have a little fear tickling the back of our mind that whispers, What if you can still... Continue Reading →

Happy Easter

This was our last Easter together. Bryan was on dialysis from his failing kidneys so his body was reacting in ways it never had before. We wouldn't get married until that October. We had been engaged for about two weeks. We had been together for just over two years when this photo was taken. I... Continue Reading →

Unconventional Kaddish

I’m steadily going through Grief in Our Seasons by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky. It’s meant to be read immediately following the death of a loved one and it’s also meant to be gone through daily. I started reading it over a year and a half after Bryan died and I definitely haven’t gone through it... Continue Reading →

Facebook Relationship Status

Twenty months ago I became a widow. Almost two years. It amazes me even now as I type this. I can’t even ask myself where the time went because I know exactly where it went. It puttered along through the fog of grief. It sped up in the places where I had joy. It slowed... Continue Reading →

Trump Will Not Be Silent

I’m de-stressing from the last week of election craziness by watching the Tennessee Titans play, but I’m also reading an article from The Atlantic. It’s called “What to Expect Next from Donald Trump” by Peter Nicholas. Nicholas writes that past Presidents ease into the background like the receding mist of a new day. Trump will... Continue Reading →

Come, Little Leaves

Come, Little Leavesby George Cooper “Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day,“Come o'er the meadows with me and play;Put on your dresses of red and gold,For summer is gone and the days grow cold.” Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,Down they came fluttering, one and all;Over the brown fields they danced... Continue Reading →

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