For Some, It's Not The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

A shopping center. On a bench I sit in silence A dark smudge on an otherwise brightly colored canvas. Families bustle by, Loudly arguing: Stress over locating the “perfect” gift. But little do they know That perfection Is the time spent with their loved ones. My perfect gift is non-existent: There is nothing That I want more than to have my partner back. ...more

For different reasons, this is a hard time of year for me, too.

I'm sure many people will ...more

Women moving through grief, inspiring as they go

It seems that everywhere I look these days I see people who are grieving. One friend is dealing with a mastectomy. She had been diagnosed with cancer, which is now apparently gone, but so are her beasts, breasts which she loved, celebrated, saw in a way as attached friends. She feels deep grief and deep gratitude all at once. Another friend lost her teen aged son to a freak accident, and is in the throes of a nightmarish, life-gutting grief that all but drowns her. ...more

It is such a joy when friends step up. It always surprises me who does the stepping, as well. ...more

I'm an author and life thereafter "Life thereafter" is this blog because life is an ongoing "Now." It does not focus only on the journey to publication, but follows life's leads -- which is just about everywhere a woman on a perpetual quest goes. My book, The Scent of God, the memoir my agent fell in love with and sold to a NY publisher, changed my life in ways that I never expected. I miss the tranquility of life before publication -- marketing and book happenings jangle the soul and stymie next books. ...more

Aha! That's why I spend so much time on email ... an excuse not to have to write that next ...more

Beryl on This blog is an eclectic mix -- a bit of everything with a dash of Tabasco sauce. Happenings in the life of a "mature" writer who gets her first book The Scent of God published by the respected literary imprint of a New York publishing house, writing life thereafter, Lake Superior living, travel stories, family issues and insights (including fat cats and old dogs), book reviews and more. ...more