Living Grief (and Love) During The Holidays

I took the helm of all the elaborate Christmas dinner planning and cooking in 2010, when my mother finally admitted she wasn't able to stand as long as all that festivity required. We opened a bottle of Dom Perignon to toast my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, which they'd celebrated just 9 days before. A landmark, a lifetime together. That was my brother's and my last Christmas with our parents. Sudden and cruel illnesses took them over and took them away in the six months that followed. And so last year my brothers and I faced our final Christmas at their home, before we packed everything our parents had lovingly collected over the years into an armada of boxes and sent them off to be auctioned away to strangers. ...more
My grandparents (whose house my husband & I bought more than 20 yrs ago), my parents and my ... more

Happy Eary Thanksgiving, Everyone!

November 16 blog post: ...more
Okay - the typo in this heading is going to drive the former English teacher in me nuts, but I ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Just found this open thread from the Nov newsletter: have been posting daily (sometimes more ... more

NaBloPoMo: You're in the Right Place

If you've arrived to NaBloPoMo on via the redirect from the old site, you may be wondering how you got here. And even if you had mentally moved yourself over to the new NaBloPoMo site, you may still be wondering where all your favourite features are located. Have no fear! November's NaBloPoMo has officially started, and I'm here to tell you where to find things such as the blogroll, badges, and the daily prompt. ...more
Not sure where my earlier comment ended up about not being able to find where to post this ... more

NaBloPoMo November 2011 Writing Prompts

If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in November -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. ...more
Have blog posts from yesterday and today to post for NaBloPoMo and am not quite sure where to ... more

Yahoo! Today I officially release my full-color book Open to Your Intuitive Intelligence,

Yahoo! Today I officially release my full-color book Open to Your Intuitive Intelligence, ...more
Lots of solid advice and "speak from the heart" inspiration for the rest of us. (And the book ... more

RIP: Steve Jobs, Visionary Leader and Lisen's Neighbor

Apple has announced the death of Steve Jobs and though this was not unexpected, many of us are reeling from the news. None more so than those who lived in his neighborhood, like BlogHer Contributing Editor Lisen Stromberg...more
Just another reflection on how Steve Job's influence touched us ... more