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Cranberries and Thankfulness

Cranberries and Thankfulness

Waking up in my parent’s house in the very pink guest bedroom during a holiday always makes me happy and thankful. I wasn’t supposed to be here this year, and I am so glad that I am.

Sometimes the universe puts you where you are supposed to be (and work dictates your comings and goings, and work takes me to places that were the dreams of travel when I was a girl), thank you SharePoint.

World Suicide Prevention Day, a Personal Story

World Suicide Prevention Day, a Personal Story

A few thoughts on getting through, what happens after a suicide, when you are the one(s) that are left. What do you do, how do you cope and make sense of things? This is a personal story of my family.

At any age, paint it pink.

At any age, paint it pink.

Frank Lloyd Wright was 91 when he finished his work on the Guggenheim Museum.

Age is relative. Age is how you feel. Age doesn’t matter in most cases.

And as I spend more time with my parents in their 70’s, I marvel at them.

Happy Birthday Dad — Start with yourself

Happy Birthday Dad — Start with yourself

Today is my Father’s Birthday, and I love you so Dad.

Many years ago my Dad gave me this poem, this epitaph

written above a tomb of Anglican Bishop

in the crypts of Westminster Abbey in London, England.

He and I talk a lot about responsibility.

About duty

About service

About making a difference.

The Best Part of Waking Up

The Best Part of Waking Up

It is a slow Sunday morning and he hands me a cup of coffee. Folgers. Oh Folgers, says my internal snotty Seattle coffee snob. I always give him a hard time about the Folgers, luckily he always puts enough almond milk in it for me to tolerate. I never make my own coffee when I’m with him.

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

DAY 10, 31-day #lovelife challenge.

“Whatever you love, you are.” ~Rumi

We’ve left my Dad on a bench to hold our parcels. He smartly brought his iPad to read. My Mother and I have been unleashed to shop.

When you love - Happy Holidays

When you love - Happy Holidays

Thankful always for my parents tender loving care whenever I am with them, I am surrounded by glitter, sparkles, angels, snowmen and Santa here at their beautifully decorated home.

Sitting around the kitchen table, with coffee in hand, Mom’s zucchini bread, Dad’s peanut brittle and a turkey with my favorite stuffing in the oven, we talk, share pictures & stories, send texts and photos to family and friends near and far.  The neighbors drop off treats… it is a warm, sweet and good holiday.

I am always humbled by the beautiful people in my life and grateful for every moment, experience and lesson that we have experienced together. To the Cooks, Newmans, my sweet husband Jim, dear friends and family, a merry holiday to all the things we all celebrate.

Holidays are wonderful but also hard, so much nostalgia and longing for times and people who have past or when things have changed or are no longer so. I too am looking forward to a new year and wish everyone a truly Happy Holiday season. A few thoughts from my heart to yours. Because I believe, to quote my favorite holiday movie, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”