Fall Down, Get Back Up

Fall Down, Get Back Up

When I was writing recently, I asked myself if I actually “walk my talk.” Am I authentic? Do I follow my own advice? Do I dedicate myself to a daily practice of the behaviors I espouse? After some serious soul searching, I realized that, although 

Mothers Day Redux

Mothers Day Redux

Yes, I’m a mother. Yes, I’m a grandmother. No, I’m not celebrated by my child or grandchildren on Mothers Day. I do, however, receive a bouquet of flowers from my son. In a text. As an emoji. Well, it’s better than nothing and more than 

Easter

Easter

This was written several years ago and still relevant. Every year when I was a child, my mother took me shopping for a new Easter outfit and, every year, I remember her saying that she hoped that Easter Sunday would be a warm day. In 

Recent Summit Interview

Recent Summit Interview

Recently I was invited to join a summit on Family Struggles. It was a wonderful experience and I thought I’d share it with you. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jkk4pfq6rifceyb/2022%20Summit%20Edit%20Klune.mp4?dl=0

Each Precious Breath

Each Precious Breath

As I near my 75th birthday, I ask myself what I’ve learned during my time as a visitor on planet earth.  Have I been a gracious guest, thankful for the generosity of my host? Have I cleaned up after myself, leaving my temporary home better 

Advance and Retreat

Advance and Retreat

Many of you are in the early stages of reconciliation. Hopefully, many more estranged parents will reconcile with their adult child. At some point, after seeing your child again, enjoying more contact, engaging in careful, mind-field avoidant conversations, your child backs away. You’re cautiously optimistic 

Habit vs Practice

Habit vs Practice

Human beings are creatures of habit. Habits shape our lives, our future, and our destiny.  We tend to derive comfort in the consistency of everyday activities, like drinking coffee in the morning, brushing our teeth, or reading the paper. But many habits are harmful, like 

A Merry Little Christmas Alone

A Merry Little Christmas Alone

The holiday season is very difficult for estranged parents and grandparents. If your family has long standing traditions and you’re blocked from executing and sharing these traditions, it can be a double whammy. What to do? First, I suggest taking the focus off your kids 

Thanksgiving Redux

Thanksgiving Redux

Prior to my family estrangement, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It was gratifying to sit at a beautiful dinner table, candles lit, delicious food passed among family and friends. Following the meal, we took turns expressing what we were grateful for. Inevitably, each person said 

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

There was an excellent article in the New York Times recently about recognizing the difference between selflessness and generosity. If you’re a parent or a grandparent, there’s a good chance you’ve read the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. It’s a story about a