Saying Goodbye

I cannot believe how long it has been since my last post. Actually, I can believe it. I have been inundated with work, my children’s afterschool activities and life in general. For most of the summer, I have enjoyed the highs of life: vacation, skydiving, rafting and spending time with family and friends. Autumn has not been so kind. I have been dealing with the lows in life: illness, death and other hardships of life. My mother has been experiencing health issues, including a stint at the hospital. She is still dealing with her health issues....more

Dear Seal Beach: Lessons From Littleton

[Editor’s Note: On October 12, a man walked into the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California and killed eight people. It is Orange County's worst mass killing.] Image: Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register via ZUMA Press. Dear Seal Beach,...more
Could not have been written better - so glad it was written & shared.more

When Pigs Fly

It would be a good day to bury someone. Or some thing. The ground is soaked after days of drizzle. Will share its moisture if you but step on it.             I head for the basement. To me, it smells like death but then, it often does. Could be the inch of water on the floor in husband’s workroom. Might be a juvenile rodent in some advanced state of decay, its head like a walked on brussel sprout, thanks to one of husband’s traps. Long ago I relinquished my insistence he use Havahart cages....more

Suffering the Death of a Relationship

Yesterday my heart got stuck in an emotional "Perfect Storm"....more

Depression and loss

Unfortunately, I had to attend a funeral yesterday for a friend of the family.  While I was there, I got to thinking about grief, and how it can lead to depression and other mental illness.  I was also thinking about the stages of grief, specifically "acceptance," and what exactly "acceptance" means.http://bipolarknittermom.blogspot.comWhat does "acceptance" mean to you?  When does grief become depression?  And is there really a difference, in some instances?...more

When A Mother Loses A Child

The unimaginable happens. A mother loses a child. This happened just now. To Anna See who blogs at An Inch of Gray. And because we are all so connected, by our stories and our words and our electronics and our RSS feeds and Tweets, the news goes around like an electric shock, touching not only those who knew her, her family, her writing, but also spinning out to so many of those who didn't. ...more
@seaafox @joyfulchallenge Just acknowledging that you remember her child and are thinking of ...more

Finding home

“Homing… is the instinct to return, to go to the place we remember. It is the ability to find, whether in dark or in daylight, one’s home place… Home is an internal place, a place somewhere in time rather than space, where a woman feels of one piece.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés ...more

Social Media and Death: How will it change your views on life?

Mashable's Adam Ostrow spoke at TED Global about how social media is changing the way we look at death. Our online lives give us the potential to live on past our physical deaths, by using our blogs as online archives or even through programs and tools that can aggregate and interpret all of our content to generate manifestations of us after we're gone....more

How to Manage Your Career or Business When Personal Crises Arise

All the business and career advice in the book is great. But, what happens when you're on the path to where you want to go when life intrudes in a major way? Do you stay on the path? Can you do it all? Do you have to give up the dream? I had to walk this very path last year myself and I learned a lot about myself and business in the process. ...more
Thanks for the great advice. My mom is getting older and is beginning to have health problems. I ...more