Presence in a Time of Paradox: Mindful Monday


Are there times and seasons in your life that are like emotional rapids? Where joy and sorrow are like the confluence of two mighty rivers, their flows merging with great power to buoy or sink you?

For me, that’s July. It begins with my daughter’s birthday, then our second son’s. Twelve days later, the anniversary of his death is followed, in another four, by my own.

The birthdays of my late fiance, and my husband’s late brother also fall in July.

It’s a lot to feel. The month that was my favorite, when I was a child, became, in the first years after Elijah’s death, followed by Annalise’s birth, an emotional tsunami that tossed me around like a piece of driftwood. I ricocheted off rocks, had nose and mouth filled with feelings… I couldn’t wholly accept the reality of the experience, the heights of celebration blending with the troughs of grief – or all the places between, where the waters were deceptively calm.

Learning to be present with the fact of these emotions has helped incredibly. I’ve stopped fighting to stay in the happier places, and, instead, these days, I ride the waves, whatever they hold. I know not every moment is going to be a sweet one – like sunshine and the shadows it casts, the loss is pointed up by what exists joyfully…

I don’t know that I have any great advice for anyone else, only something that works for me. I try to be gentler and easier on myself in July, while I live the month and feel all the things – those I can name, and those that are deeper than language could convey. I tend to go more with my instincts and intuition, willing to suspend the normal framework and flow I live within.

This is going to be a short post. I want to mindfully be with my family, with my thoughts, with my emotions….

Until next week, then.

More Mindful Monday at Silver Threading.

When Setbacks Strike…: Ready. Set. Write! June 29 – July 6, 2015 (Week 4 Update)

OK, who’s taking all the weeks?!

That’s the only logical explanation for where all the days are going so fast…or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. Because here it is, already time to Update Four of Ready. Set. Write!

Short description: Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, I check in at one of the host blogs, Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too?

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Sometimes things get a little…Zentangled! Art and photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

Overall, some progress got made, and some didn’t. I had a few setbacks, and some things are just taking longer than I expected them to…that’s life.

The trick, I’ve found, is not to dwell on the places where I fell down or puttered along. Instead, I’m looking at a week of good intentions that sometimes panned out, sometimes didn’t, and sometimes just need more time to get there…life can be like that, sometimes.

Writing:

  • Generations (KIC #2):  Complete the final 3 scenes; set aside to percolate. It’s a draft, and a great big win!

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3):Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; move all relevant materials to Scrivener file. Nothing to report, here, except that it was set aside for Other Things.

  • The IDIC Romance: Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories. See above.
  • Trueborn Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Attend NaNo local group’s The Snowflake Method plotting workshop on Tuesday; begin drafting on Wednesday (so plotting needs to be done by then!), Rereading/revising step 6/6 (four-page summary) in progress; scene by scene outline 12 scenes complete. Nope, not drafting just yet, but soon…so a mixed bag, here.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 13 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5. A bummer; somehow, I lost the revision notes I made for scenes 8-12; so I backtracked and redid those, before moving forward… Scene 16/16 complete, except for final readthrough. Calling this an almost-win.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and First Friday Photo, all on time, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. 9/9 posted or scheduled on time! Didn’t draft the sponsor post yet; another almost-win.

  • Add challenges gallery widget to sidebar. Nada here.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Made a start; answer comment, return visit, repeat! Not a win, but not a loss, either…call it a solid draw!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Later today, I will scan and mail – if you listen, you might here my exuberant cheering ringing through the land! Did you hear it? Did you HEAR it?! Done, done DONE!!! Win, Win, WIN!!!!

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 6/5; and mined these journals for a blogpost! A big strong WIN!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Uh, gee, no…sorry about that…I kept meaning to, then doing other things, instead…

Fragmentation can be lovely. Creswell Coffee House, Creswll, OR. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My goals for this week:

Since last week was so chaotic, since this week includes a special birthday (and another too complicated to detail here), and since I have a LOT of drafting to do, once I finish the plotting, this week features pared-down goals…

Writing:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Final readthrough/ scene 16 and detailed notes; set aside to percolate.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)
  • There’s a birthday in the house on Wednesday…elevens should be bright and shiny, right? =)

Beautiful about -to-be-eleven. Florence, OR, South Jetty Beach, February. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

  • “Again, the base of this scene has lots of potential….and then falls flat, with a great big thud!” (from my detailed revision notes for “Slow Jazz Awakening”. Several scenes share this common trait, as written…which is why I’m basically rewriting this story!

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Myself. I kind of got in my own way….

Something I love about my WIP:

  • I should be able to start drafting it in another day or three…and I can tell it’s going to be a good draft, because I’m getting antsy!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 13, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

Yup – let’s make sure she still sparkles like when she was brand-new! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

The ‘On a Break’ Edition: Second Serving Sunday

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead,

from my little corner of the blogosphere…

Are you ready for a Second Serving?

Life Stuff:

It’s been a rest week for ROW80, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped writing…as a matter of fact, I really haven’t even slowed down…

On A bREAK

There have been a few setbacks. Plotting is taking longer than I hoped it would – but I feel that the drafting, once I get started in another day or two, is going to go much better, because of the manner of the prep work I’m doing…

And it’s July.  It’s an emotionally turbulent month for me, with my daughter’s birthday, mine – and the birth and death anniversaries of our second child, Elijah, who died at twelve days old. 

I’m planning to do what I do each year, and surf the waves of emotion, feeling what I feel, sharing as I feel…

And now, onward…

Last Week’s Edition: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

Last week’s features:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

  • Yes, ROW80 and I were indeed “on a break” this week; but that doesn’t mean no ROW80-centric posts…

Eight Sentence Sunday: The weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!

  • It Wasn’t the Knife: It wasn’t the blade at her throat that terrifies Airisu; it’s the words her abuser said…

Ready, Set, WRITE!: A Summer Writing Intensive and Cheering Section

Mindful Monday: A Weekly Delving of Self-Awareness…

  • #Onegoodcup After Another:  I delve into my #onegoodcup Project journals, and discover some nuggets of wisdom and insight while preparing for new challenges.

WIPpet Wednesday: A Date Related Snippet of a Work-in-Progress – WIPpet Good!

Coffee and Conversation: Refreshment, and Sharing…

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday): Writing Freely to a Weekly Prompt.

What’s Next:

June Focuses (from last month):

July Focuses:

  • Birthdays, death anniversaries, and other emotional rollercoaster stuff…
  • More homeschooling paperwork – ’tis the season!
  • Unschoolers Rock the Campground
  • Complete plotting for Sea Changes: Kifo Island Chronicles #3.
  • Complete plotting for Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2.
  • Complete 75,000 words for July CampNaNoWriMo.
  • Update blog sidebar.
  • Complete next revision pass (2.5) for “Slow Jazz Awakening”
  • Resume revisions on “Peach Liqueur Love”

This week, on the blog:

  • Ready, Set, WRITE!: Update #4; setbacks, progress, emotional turbulence, and more (I did some writing, too…).

  • For Mindful Monday: Surfing the waves of joy and sorrow July holds – as mindfully as I can manage.
  • ROW80 Updates: We kick off Round Three reflectively, with my goals for the next 80 days. On Wednesday, I’ll post July goals, and the progress made in the first two days of the round.
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: This week, by popular demand, we’ve got a Vulcan, a human, a chair, and a standoff…and a somewhat clueless Captain.
  • #8sunday: Eight to ten sentences of The Night Before, from The IDIC Romance, a little further on from my WIPpet Wednesday post…

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • What if what you write is a little, well, risky? Or risque, even?
  • The kids showed me this link…how far we’ve come!

 

A Season of Reflection: ROW80 Round Three Goals

Are you ready to ROW?!

Have you ever stared into a mirror so long that you don’t

recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply at your life,

your goals, and your soul,

to see what’s reflected there?

That’s what Round Three is all about, for me. Since this is my Year of Exploration, I’m going to take the next 80 days to reflect on where I am and who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be…

By the end of this round, I’ll have a better idea of what I want to focus on for the final quarter of the year, and the shape of things to come…

With that objective in mind, here are my Round Three goals…on Wednesday, I’ll break these down and announce my July goals and progress to date.

And now, hi ho, hi ho; it’s off to ROW I go!

Under Unsettled Skies. Indian Meadows Park Trail, Scotia, NY. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Writing:

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft Sea Changes (KIC#3), using Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through. Next up: finish plotting; draft as a tertiary project for July and a secondary for the rest of round, until complete.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise; complete through S4E3: “Home”.

The IDIC Romance:  Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors.

  • Created a chronological list of all 31 stories; this relatively simple project will fit into smaller chunks of time without demanding lots of focus. Perfect for camping, or drafting/editing breaks. A tertiary focus until complete.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete plotting Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2, using The Snowflake Method, and draft.

  • Running behind due to Life. No panic, – I’m enjoying the plotting process, and the book is starting to take shape well enough to feel almost real. I think drafting will be streamlined greatly using this process, and I’ll catch up fairly quickly once it commences (be end of day July 5, at the latest). Primary focus for July.

International Reflections. Tugboat Roundup, Erie Canal Lock Two, Waterford, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Editing:

Write1Sub1: Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision, choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015.

  • Revision and submission are secondary goals for July; primary in August and September.

Chameleon’s Dish; Reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan.

  • 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; this will be tertiary for July, and primary thereafter.
  • I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

Me, on the Atlantic Coast, reflecting. York, Maine. Photo by Eden F. Mabee.

Social Media:

ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date.

  • I’ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, nothing drafted yet. I’m all geared up to start making the rounds again on Sunday!

Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • I’ve been doing well with posting; will maintain that, and up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting.

Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.

  • More changes to sidebar in the works;  plan revision will occur during less intense creative times, or as an interlude.

Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired!

  • Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some ideas…

Go on at least one social media adventure each week.

  • I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it!

Reflections with Yorick; a beauty shop in Manhattan, NYC, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Hometending:

Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly.

  • I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016; submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15).

  • These are good ‘productive fillers’.

Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Carried over from last round…

History, reflected. Annalise at Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater, NY, July 4, 2010. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5.

  • A tertiary, filler project for July; secondary focus for August and September.

NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques.

  • Make the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects already queued and waiting…

Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques.

  • Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit.

Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting.

  • Make this a filler project for July – check on meeting time and complete application.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.

  • Not a problem area; still, I don’t want to get swept away to the point where I forget to connect with my three favorite humans! =)

Kindle Triple Exposure (Enterprise, lodge, and me!). Pinewoods Campground, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Selftending:

Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track.

  • I tend to get too sedentary when I’m intensely creatively focused; time to do something about that! Current goal: work up to an hour a day, as tracked by my phone (It’s not good at counting…so my actual level will be higher than it records).

Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice.

  • Add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation and physical activity, besides.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

Lake Reflections. Annalise at Unschoolers Rock the Campground, Plymouth, MA, July 2014. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

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“The Day Before”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 07/4/15 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 07/5/15. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

For me, it’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my WIPpet Wednesday post, so reading both, although not necessary can give a deeper peek…

This ten-sentence snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Except in the Line of Duty.

The Day Before

On the day before reality shattered, Captain Jonathan Archer approached the Situation Room to see Trip pulling up a chair, and saying, with great determination, “You’ve got a choice. You can sit down by yourself, or I can pick you up and help you sit down – right on your damned Vulcan dignity, if that’s what it takes.”

T’Pol was standing, or, more accurately, leaning, against the situation table, holding onto it with both hands. Maybe it was the light, or Trip’s words, but she looked almost desperately fragile, and Jon thought about ordering her to go to Sickbay. “Commander Tucker -”

“Don’t you dare ‘Commander Tucker’ me, T’Pol. You’re a wreck, Commander- you haven’t eaten in ten days; you haven’t slept more than a few hours altogether in longer than that, and you’re not even trying to meditate anymore -”

Jon held back, to see what would happen, and to tell himself that it didn’t bother him that Trip seemed to know so much about T’Pol’s personal life.

“I’m fine, Trip,” T’Pol said, but her voice was faint, and she didn’t dress him down for talking openly about what she was sure to consider ‘classified’ and ‘private’. That alarmed Jon, but he strode with mock cheeriness into the midst of the standoff.

“Good morning, Commanders.”

What’s wrong with T’Pol?

Will she sit, or will Trip press the issue?
Will the Captain defuse the tension, or make things worse?

Why is he ‘not bothered’ by Trip and T’Pol’s connection?

And, maybe most importantly, what happens tomorrow to shatter reality?

This excerpt comes from the discarded stories file of The IDIC Romance, my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction series, which chronicles the canon inter-species relationship between Chief Engineer Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III and Commander T’Pol, the Vulcan scientist who is First Officer. The timeframe is somewhere in the six-year gap between the events of S4E21: “Terra Prime” and S4E22: “These Are the Voyages” After playing with this excerpt, I’ve decided to pull it out of the discards, and eventually build the bridge between this story, and Not Jealousy, written for Story A Day May 2015, I have an arc building, so there may be much more in the future…

Disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, Captain Archer, and Star Trek: Enterprise are not mine. I write these stories because the characters insist, and  I accept no monetary compensation for sharing them, now or in the future.

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Kaiidth: An Exploration of What Is for SoCS

Rowing down the stream of consciousness. Badge by Doobster @Mindful Dirgressions.

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: beginning with the word “is. There’s bonus points for ending with ‘is’, as well, which I did.  I used the word in several ways in this free-written passage that reflects on a project that isn’t going exactly the way I thought it should, or at the pace I’d like it to…and delves a bit into Vulcan philosopy, too. 

Is this the post I planned to write today?

No, it isn’t. Honestly, I was hoping to be able to share an excerpt from my new fantasy novel-in progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise. The problem is that I don’t have an excerpt to share; not yet.

Why not?

Well, it’s that Life thing…

  • I decided to plot the novel using a method I’ve never tried before – The Snowflake Method.
  • I took longer to finish my previous drafting project, the second in my Kifo Island Chronicles series.
  • I had homeschooling paperwork in abundance to get through, and the kids and I spent four eventful days last month visiting our dear friends in Central New Jersey…

So, as a result, I’m still, four days into the month, plotting the novel.

I do hope to be done with that before my local NaNoWriMo group  write-in tomorrow night, and I’m sure that the novel will benefit from the new system, especially in the way I’m combining with elements from Rock Your Plot, the method that I’ve been using for the last two years. Each has definite advantages, but, as with learning anything new, there’s more than a little fumbling around as I work out the kinks…

I can feel the story taking shape, in a more cohesive fashion than it would if I were using Rock Your Plot by itself. The Snowflake Method alternates between character and plot development, and from a single sentence to a four-page synopsis, so, where RYP brings me to the scene list with separate character arcs for each character, and a puzzle to solve in order to fit them together into a cohesive whole, TSM brings me to this point with a synopsis that includes all of the framework to break out scenes that are already fit together.

It makes a difference that is a little hard to articulate, but which I can feel, in the way the story is starting to breathe its own life. It’s exciting, to be nearing the point where I can start writing, and to have such a clear sense of the story’s shape and scope. Even more exciting, TSM advocates backtracking through all preceding steps each time I complete one, so the story is getting stronger and stronger as I move through these final phases of plotting –

I can’t wait to see what emerges, and how the writing proceeds, once I actually start drafting.

And, in the meantime, I think of the Vulcans. Yes, I do do that a lot – but, honestly, it is only logical since the Vulcans are so very very cool…especially under pressure.

A Vulcan would say, “Kaiidth” – a word whose closest English translation is the concept, “What is, is.

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing? Come join in – there’s just a few simple rules. Check out the brand-new #SoCS hashtag, or get more SoCS right here!

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July, Again….A First Friday Photo for Coffee and Conversation

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark.

For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

Today we return to First Friday Photo /, Eden Mabee’s nifty once-a-month blog hop that encourages us to share an image (or more), on the first Friday of each month. So sit back, sip, and let me tell you what’s on my mind, today…

What pictures do you must treasure?

Why are they important to you?

This image of Elijah James, our second child, is one of my most treasured, because I can never take another picture like it. That’s true for every baby, every person, really – we’re never exactly the same, from one moment to the next, after all.  But we’re so used to that, we scarcely even think about it as we go about our lives.

But, with Elijah, there are no more chances for any pictures.

This image was taken on July 21, 2003. Four days later, he died.

Elijah was twelve days old, and lived his entire life in the NICU of a hospital an hour from our home.

This makes every image of him, every memento, every memory, more precious – because they’re finite in a very definite way. Not only did his infancy disappear; his life did. All the potential he held within him, anything he might have been or done or said, was irretrievably lost on a Friday afternoon in late July.

But I have memories, and images, and the intention not to let him slip unremembered into the mists of time…

Which has led me to play with this image, and memorialize our Tiny Tiger in various ways, such as this edit…

The quote is from a poem I wrote for Elijah during OctPoWriMo. com/ I also wrote poems for his two living siblings, who have grown and changed with the years….but Elijah’s is the one that most tugs at my heart, and which I remember, each July 13- 25,  which will forever be Elijah’s Days in my mind – the twelve days that encompassed his entire life.

Here’s the poem in its entirety…

Soul to Soul

Twelve days makes a very short lifetime –

So very much I never knew

About who you might have been.

A brief little blip, like the ones on the monitors

That measured the breaths and beats of your life.

Made less by that robber-baron, coma.

So very much of your life taken

From you, even while you still lived

Leaving a half-death that we couldn’t share.

But before we knew, and grieved,

On the night of your birth, when still

There was hope…

That night, as soon as I could,

I came to you, and pulled myself up

To see your face for the first time.

Your gaze found mine, instantly

You knew the sound of my voice,

And so you watched me.

Soul to soul, mother and son

Everything else faded out, and away

And there was only us.

You met my eyes as an equal

As though you knew you could not stay,

And had long since accepted what I could not.

Peace and wisdom met me, embraced me

In the way I longed to hold you

You settled into my being, my son.

You seemed to be saying that

All was as it was meant to be

Leaving me only to accept.

I looked and looked

And, in that shared gaze

A lifetime of knowing was held.

The next day those wise eyes

Drooped, then closed

And did not open again.

It’s both solace and sorrow, to revisit these images of a child now nearly twelve years gone – a child whose lifespan was only twelve days long. It reminds me of my most shattering loss – and makes an indelible statement about what’s important, and why. Because of Elijah, we live in a way we might not, without him. Because of him, I don’t take my loved ones for granted; I know, every moment, that life is finite – not just for him, but for every one of us…

This last image was taken on the day Elijah would have been three years old. I love this one because it holds the potential for joy, and play, and all that life can offer…the kids and I had just taken letters and pictures to Elijah’s tree in the front yard, to read to him. Then, it was time for Cozy Coupe calamities and the stuff of living-little-kidness…which, so often, is the best balm…

Do you have a favorite image of a loved one lost, or one who isn’t?

One that reminds you that life and death, joy and sorrow,

are inextricably bound up in one another?

I’d love to chat about it; I find that talking and sharing help.

Let me refill our cups, while you tell a story…

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