Category Archives: Family

Mischief in Public

It is odd to discover all the things that change when your spouse dies. Particularly, when your spouse was your best friend, the one you could talk to about anything, the one who was deliciously amorous and humorously wicked. My … Continue reading

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Old School Musings

I miss the public world I used to inhabit. Perhaps you remember it? Sometimes I think that maybe I just imagined it all.  Sadly it seems such a long time ago. When I was a kid, it seemed as if … Continue reading

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Many Reasons to Give Thanks

Road trips, adventures, and fantastic friends and family are some of the many things for which to give thanks. On the day my husband died, I gave thanks that I was able to be with him. I had sprung him … Continue reading

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Heaven

My husband and I have talked about everything under the sun. It should not surprise you that we had some fascinating conversations about Heaven. Both his parents and mine are deceased, and neither set of parents lived to know that … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Mail

I received a package yesterday in a small padded envelope. There was a handwritten note on a flowered memo pad, and a tiny box wrapped up in tissue paper covered with pansies. I knew the sender — but this was … Continue reading

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Nothing Prepared Me For This

I had a wonderful evening last night with my brother and sister-in-law. They had invited me to join them for dinner. The food was delicious, the view from their patio lovely, the evening weather beautiful, the company perfect. After loitering … Continue reading

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Coffee

My husband and I both loved our morning brew but noticed that our mug collection was aging. In some ways, it seemed to be growing exponentially, but the hard truth was that while we got a very few new mugs … Continue reading

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Pray For A Eucatastrophe

Some time ago I wrote a blog post about the friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. On my book page I wrote this: To cut to the chase, let me suggest a book that seems perfectly tailored for reading … Continue reading

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The Inability to Forgive

Throughout my life, I have known a handful of people who were seemingly incapable of forgiveness. I found it remarkable as they were also believers who knew well the teachings in Holy Scriptures regarding forgiveness. Worship in a liturgical church, … Continue reading

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Wisdom From My Elders

Sometimes when you least expect it, you get sage advice from the unlikeliest places, in this case — from two people dear to me — who have been long dead. My sweet maternal grandmother who died when I was but … Continue reading

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