Tuesday, 28 October 2014

My Lessons From Loss

This post is longer than usual. It is also personal, probably self-indulgent and was the most difficult to write. It is writing as therapy and catharsis. Please bear with me. Thank you.

A lot has been written about loss and what it teaches us. We’re all different, so we all experience it in different ways. Despite being a common thread though, loss isn’t something we dwell on most of the time. Why would we? It hurts. Only when we’re confronted by it do we give it any real consideration -which is where I find myself again. These are not my only losses, but they are the most significant to me.

Like most kids, my first experience with death and loss was that of my pets. My memory is fuzzy on who went first, Freddy the Goldfish or Whiskey the beautiful, blue budgie. However, my Nana was the first person I remember losing, when I was only eight. I didn’t attend the funeral, so didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I have often thought that was a shame, but my folks believed they were making the best decision for me, and I do understand and appreciate that.

My Lessons From Loss
Nana on her wedding day

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Do Men Cause Menopause?

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A while back I wrote a post about a study which theorized that men cause menopause. At the time and given the reason cited, I wasn’t convinced of their argument. Now, and admittedly for completely different reasons, I’m not so sure that men don’t cause menopause…

‘I’m going away for two weeks’

This wasn’t the first time my husband had called me in the middle of an otherwise ordinary day to let me know he’d be going away – like, soon. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago. We had a whole three days notice. And I’m not being facetious when I say this – he’s been gone with three hours notice before now!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

- John F. Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving!

Do You Do Grateful?

My family, like many others, has a tradition at Thanksgiving dinner, of going around the table, each stating what we are thankful for.  Often we are reminded, by the feast and this tradition, that it is the love of those seated with us for which we are most grateful.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Trying to Reduce the Ever-Expanding Book List

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The conventional wisdom is that to be a writer you have to also be a reader.  As I have always been a reader, I consider this an asset, as I pursue my writing dreams.

reducing the ever-expanding book list
Image courtesy of Butterfield