Memories Sewn Into a Quilt

Memories Sewn Into a QuiltMemory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~Kevin Arnold...more

Giving Birth to a Unicorn: When Your Child Comes Out as Transgender

I thought I was liberal. I thought I'd evolved from the person I was in my youth: conservative, religious, and specific to this post, a hater of gays and lesbians. It's been a long and frequently shameful road to the person I am now (or the person I thought I was now). The person I am now truly believed that I was a good person, a someone who accepted the LGBT community wholeheartedly. ...more
Hello....I stumbled across this peice you wrote, about a week ago. I was up one late night ...more

Under the Cornflower Blue Hills

I dread packing her room. Spend days avoiding it. Sometimes I can only pack one box. But Olivia has finally emailed a list, wants her things now, and I want her to have what she needs as much as I cannot bear to fill those boxes. I dread packing her room. Spend days avoiding it. Sometimes I can only pack one box. But Olivia has finally emailed a list, wants her things now, and I want her to have what she needs as much as I cannot bear to fill those boxes. I dread packing her room. Spend days avoiding it. Sometimes I can only pack one box....more

The First Father's Day Without My Dad

Bear with me — I promise, there are recipes at the end of the tunnel.When someone in your life dies, you embark upon the well-worn path of a year of “firsts”. People who’ve gotten there before you, who’ve lost someone central to their lives, will tell you about what it’s like to maneuver through that initial 12 months of “this is the first year that ______ hasn’t been at ___________.”...more
@Karen Ballum thank you so much, Karen.more

The Flying Purple Eater Rides Again

The  very public, very messy moment I realized the truth about my mother's battle with cancer....more

A Safe Haven for Babies and Parents Alike

There is a cemetery on the way to Westley's preschool. It's an old cemetery; the town's first police chief and mayor are both buried there. I recently learned that the grounds include a newer area, called "Baby Haven." It's exactly what you think it is. Itty bitty plots with tiny headstones. As soon as I learned about Baby Haven, I felt compelled to visit....more
I loved this piece. Cemeteries have a lot of stories and I've always been drawn to them. The ...more

From Failure Foward, Part Two: How Long Can I Live Like This?

My journey to being diagnosed Bipolar, the second in the series.   From Failure Foward, Part Two: How Long Can I Live Like This?...more

The Doctor is leaving...

http://blog.marthaschaefer.com/2013/03/the-doctor-is-leaving.html ...more

Mom and Apple Pi(e)

March 14th. My mother died on this day in 1992. Today, March 14, 2013, I learned about Pi Day (www.piday.org) and am happy to know there is something else going on in the world (much like St....more

Losing A Pet-Never Easy No Matter How Many Times You Go Through It

I fully confess that my spouse and I have been in denial.  We didn't want to take our second youngest greyhound to the vet because we knew what she would find.  But last Thursday, my spouse put Jahber in the car and took him to Dr. Dixon in Clinton, SC.  She has a wonderful reputation with rescued greyhounds and we have been well pleased with previous visits.  This time, however, she had to sorrowfully give us the bad news we had been dreading.  My husband stared at the xray for a long time  while Dr....more
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