Dealing With Loss

Dealing With LossWhat we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.  ~Cynthia Ozick...more

A Month Without My Father

It’s been one month since my dad passed away.  He was one of my best friends—so much so that I wrote an entire memoir about him and gave it to him for Father’s Day one year before publishing it at his request.  His passing was both expected and surprising.  He had end stage renal disease, and while we considered him “terminally ill,” we also thought we might have another year with him at least.  In the end, it wasn’t the renal failure that took him from us; it was a MRSA infection, one that caused him more pain than he deserved. ...more

Love Letter 3

 Dear x,Since you came around, things have gotten easier in some ways. You make her laugh, her eyes sparkle, she seems happy. There's less yelling around here. It seems like things are settled in her that were wild and lost and broken. I know that you have done that. Thank you for saving her....more

How to know if hospice care is right for your loved one

A little over a year ago, Hubby checked into Hospice House for the second time. Never to return to our home.Not too long after, I was running errands and came upon a billboard I’d seen a dozen times. But still it caused my heart to flutter. Because these were the Hospice House doctors and nurses who lovingly cared for Hubby in his final days.And if I had to put a name to the heart flutter, I’d say it was a mixture of gratefulness and sorrow and gladness. Which sounds a bit oxymoronic, but those last days were sweetly sorrowful....more

Love, In Dog Years

Christmas morning, 2015For Luke, our much loved yellow lab… our companion, our friend, my baby. He is 16 and has gone down hill rapidly this year....more

I Only Knew Her Peanut-Butter-Lovin' Son From Fliers Taped On Storefronts

As I look out my kitchen window and watch leaves fall from trees, I sometimes wonder what her quiet moments ar...more

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.  ~J.D. Salinger...more

Diagnosed with dementia, choosing when to die

For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, wrote college professor Sandy Bem, it is “extraordinarily difficult for one’s body to die in tandem with the death of one’s self.” How she carried out her plan to take her own life before the disease took it from her was chronicled in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday.The article left me staring into space for two reasons....more

Don't Judge, Everyone Has Scars – Part 1

Don't Judge, Everyone Has Scars – Part 1Wounds turn into scars and scars make you tough.  ~Aisha Tyler...more


Brenda Coffee@1010ParkPlacehttp://www.1010parkplace.comPHOTO: Brenda Coffee...more