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Ten Years: Letters and Grief

“You have moments of grief in life, and if you can put pen to paper and capture that, that’s something wonderful. I can revisit actual songs about past deaths, and I know that emotion is as true now as it was then.” ~ John Lydon Letters Letter writing. It is a dying art form, replaced by Facebook statuses and hundreds ….

The Matriarch

“Death has its revelations: the great sorrows which open the heart open the mind as well; light comes to us with our grief. As for me, I have faith; I believe in a future life.” ~ Victor Hugo Saying Good-bye  This past weekend, my family and I gathered to say good-bye and pay homage to our matriarch, my grandmother. Good-byes ….

Dear Sugar: Eight Years

“Both within the family and without, our sisters hold up our mirrors: our images of who we are and of who we can dare to be.” ~ Elizabeth Fishel Dear Sugar, I thought many times how I was going to commemorate this day. Every time I sat down to write, nothing seemed right. Eight years isn’t one of those magical ….

Happy Birthday Dad!

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ~ rabindranath tagore Today is a special day because it is my Dad’s birthday. It wouldn’t be right to share his age, just know he is old! Like really old! I kid, kind of. As the youngest of five, my parents were and ….

Happy Birthday Sugar

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” ~ Jean Paul My sister and I had a knack of spoiling each other on our birthdays. We never had huge parties. Just family dinner and cake, yet we always went all out with each other. Whether it was spa days, beach days, or going out to eat with a rom-com ….

The Misnomer that Time Heals all Wounds

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” ~ Marcus Tulles Cicero  People say time heals all wounds. It truly depends on what kind of wound it is. For some wounds, like those caused by death, even the best handcrafters can’t glue back a shattered heart to the way it was before. But you do learn from it, ….

Play by Play of a Sister’s Grief

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.” ~  Alice Walker I lift my head up off the toilet and make my way over to the sink. I wash the residue off my face and stare in the mirror. Sunken cheeks. Hollowed eyes. Water dripping off. I am a disaster a pitiful mess. An empty ….

What Have Beens: A Sister’s Bond

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. ~ Elizabeth Fishel I grew up in my sister’s shadow. Five years older then I, it was a hero worship that would have made even Mother Theresa go insane. But not my sister. The youngest of four at the time, she would have been well with in her rights to ….

A New Day of Memories

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” ~Abraham Lincoln                                     “Daylight ….

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