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If I Ever See My Grandkids Again

If I Ever See My Grandkids Again

I dream of seeing my grandchildren again. It has been almost nine years now, and they are all but strangers to me. I have had so many fantasies and scenarios in my mind about how a reunion would go down. After embracing them and feeling […]

Alone

Alone

I’ve always liked having time for myself, to do what I want and just enjoy my own company. During those times, I often feel a creative urge to write, to compose or just listen to music and daydream. It’s true that being alone is where […]

Fourth of July Forgiveness

Fourth of July Forgiveness

It’s the fourth of July and people are at picnics, beaches, lakes and parks. I see people riding  bikes, families roasting marshmallows in fire pits on the beach, kids running in circles waving red, white and blue pinwheels. It is a holiday made for families. […]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year when all across our nation, mothers are celebrated, honored and loved. Except for those who aren’t… For me, Mother’s Day is the most difficult holiday, for obvious reasons. The other holidays spent without my family are no fun either, but […]

Easter

Easter

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 keeping with her optimism, she selected a light dress […]

Self-Forgiveness

Self-Forgiveness

It would be wonderful if my adult child would take a more forgiving view of my sins as his mother. I hope one day he gains insight, learns compassion and grows in understanding about the importance of forgiveness.I recently pondered this conundrum when I suddenly […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Every year at this time, I receive correspondences from estranged parents and grandparents who express sadness about missing their adult children and grandchildren at Thanksgiving. One estranged grandmother wrote that she found herself resenting all the ‘happy, happy people and their happy families.” Her perception […]

Falling Down

Falling Down

Do you ever have days when it seems like every step you take forward is followed by two or more steps backward? After doing my best to keep moving forward with enthusiasm, a sense of purpose and loving kindness for myself and others, I am faced with […]

Lessons My Dog Taught Me About Play

Lessons My Dog Taught Me About Play

When was the last time you rode a bike, drew a picture, played cards with friends, swung on a swing, giggled, juggled, bought a yo-yo, walked barefoot on the beach, roasted marshmallows, skipped down the street, wore a silly hat to the grocery store…. ? […]

Mother’s Day Hangover

Mother’s Day Hangover

Boy oh boy, what a pain in the neck Mother’s Day is for me. After a restless night’s sleep, I woke up with a pit in my stomach and a pain in my heart. Sudden remembering: Mother’s Day. Again. Everywhere I looked, I saw men […]