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Comforting Words and Actions for Parents and by Parents After the Loss of a Child

I speak from the heart in this article and have inserted personal experiences into this story. At age fifteen, I lost my son, Josh, after a lifetime of battling his congenital lung disease, transplant, loads of medications, multiple hospital admissions, and so much more. There is not much you can say to make this loss …

My Aunt, My Second Mama

We just lost the eldest member of our clan yesterday, the last of nine siblings, the last of her generation. My Aunt Ethel had turned 102 in January; it’s not like this was unexpected, but it is still painful. Her memory carries many beautiful and unforgettable recollections with it. I would go to my Uncle …

Some Things You May Not Know About a Medium

The subject of Spiritualism is very interesting to me, but being such a complex topic, I know I wouldn’t have completely comprehended it if more comprehensive information had been provided to me on Day One. I can’t absorb information in that way, especially when the subject is very foreign to me as surely it must …

Tribute to a Phenomenal Woman

This woman, my cousin, was a phenomenal, compassionate woman. As I sit down at the keyboard this morning, my heart is heavier than I’ve felt in the last 25 years. I have lost a woman so very important in my life, in the lives of many of my cousins and undoubtedly, her family and friends. …

Intermittent Fasting and Its Benefits

You may have seen my previous blog published on 04/01/2021, in which case you read that I was complaining about being a lazy pandemic slug (is that a thing?). Recently realizing that about a year ago I had begun my gradual descent into a CCP (Chronic Couch Potato), I knew that it was becoming increasingly …

ENOUGH! Time to Laugh!

OK, I’m so over this China Virus baloney. I’m sick and tired. Well, I’m not sick, but I’m definitely tired of being tired. As a self-imposed CCP (let’s be clear here – in this case, it means “Chronic Couch Potato”), it seems as if I never stop eating and have gained A LOT of weight. …

100 Years Young!

When my Aunt Ethel celebrated her hundredth birthday in January of 2020, several cousins (her nieces and nephews), traveled from far and wide to her home Ohio to celebrate this amazing milestone with her, her daughter and two grandsons. Also attending were five cousins who hailed from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and as far away as …

The Infamous Pittsburgh Expedition

Well, the whole thing was Sandy’s fault. She came up with the brilliant idea of taking our moms, (sisters Elinor, Ethel and Betty) to the ‘Burgh to visit their cousin Laura Jean Matchett, whom they hadn’t seen since Gram’s death in July, 1982. I called Candy with an invite, and so the 6 of us …

Hollyhocks and Four O’Clocks

After my mom’s divorce in the early 1950’s, we lived for a few years with my Gram and Granddad in Erie, PA, in a cottage on Kelso Drive, very near Waldameer Park. The parking lot, only two houses away from us, was hard-packed sand and we kids would go over there and sit on the …

Energy Vampires II

I have located some helpful hints on dealing with a narcissist. For myself, I go to great lengths to avoid interacting with them. For others, however, you may not be able to escape him/her because you live with them. My heart aches for you. You need to protect yourself.