Grandparents Denied Access to their Grandchildren

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A Healthy Brain

A Healthy Brain

Recently, I’ve become concerned about what the effects of ongoing grief and depression has had on my brain. I have experienced so much trauma, heartache, abuse and betrayal over the course of my life that it feels like sometimes I am unable to cope and […]

I Remember

I Remember

I recently saw a picture of my son and his four children sitting on a rock next to a beautiful waterfall. My first reaction after seeing the picture was to mourn the fact that I can’t make special memories with my grandchildren like I did […]

Another lonely Mother’s Day

Another lonely Mother’s Day

The wind is crowded with hungry ghosts tonight.   Sitting at my kitchen table, I warm my hands  on a mug of hot coffee.   My eyes cut to the mantle, to the photo, where  your laughter was once caught like a passing train.   […]

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes Whereon our Savior’s birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no spirit dare abroad, The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, No fairy takes nor witch hath power […]

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 […]

Mother’s Day Comes ‘Round Again

Mother’s Day Comes ‘Round Again

Mother’s Day. Not exactly my favorite holiday. I spend most of the time wondering if I’ll hear from my son – will he text, call even? Most years now, I receive a nod in the form of a brief text, which is fine, but a […]

There Once Was a Mother

There Once Was a Mother

There once was a mother who gave birth to a baby with red hair. She sang to him, cradled and rocked him, and thanked God for the miracle of him. As he grew, their time together was easy and loving. His eyes lit up when […]

It Isn’t Black or White

It Isn’t Black or White

Why is it so difficult to let go? How do I make peace with being a virtual stranger to my grandkids? Why, even in the face of indefensible abuse, can’t I make a clean break? Recently, I vowed to ‘walk away’ from the insanity of […]

Changing Your Paradigm

Changing Your Paradigm

There is an ever-increasing number of resources on the subject of parental and grandparental estrangement. Several years ago, when I was in the depths of despair, I could find very little on the subject. Now there are scattered support groups, webinars, periodicals and books that […]