Light the Night with Love

A wonderful event was hosted over the past weekend by two wonderful ladies in Katy, Texas. It was an event that helped to bring babylost families together. They managed to remember hundreds of babies and children by writing each and every name on a lantern, and sending them off into the night sky. Lighting the night with love.  ...more

The Day's after My Father's Passing

I would give anything to have 10 more minutes with my father. Every day is a day farther away from him and closer to a lifetime without him. It is unbearable agony.  He was the most wonderful man.My father is the first person close to me that has passed away. Nothing could have prepared me for this. I didn’t know it was possible for my heart to hurt this much. The pain gets worse rather than better....more
@MEMtoLAX It does not get any easier when after dad, mom, mother-in-law and then father-in-law pass.more

Rest in Peace, Patrick O'Rourke

My friend Dan is one of those friends-for-life-no-matter-what type of friend.He's followed Frankly, My Dear from Day One. It was his encouragement that led me to start New Inklings Press. He was the first to buy The Unemployment Cookbook.We talk smack about sports, politics, and humor. All.The.Time. He's just a great guy with a great attitude and a great family.Dan and I have known each other since grade school. He still lives close to where we grew up in Michigan....more

Will This Be the Day?


Finding a New Normal Through the Grief

When I saw this posted on facebook, it was as though somebody had taken the words right out of my mind. I often find myself wondering who I am now. I know that I'm not the same person as I was before Finley died, or even before I got pregnant and dedicated my life to being a mother.So who am I now? I'm not sure....more

Yesterday was Everything

Hi everyone, my name is Carol-Ann,  this is a story about the Loss of my beautiful l9 year old son Jordan.  It was l0 years ago June 13, 2002 that my life as I knew it, had ended and a new one began for me. I was ready for work going out the door and the phone rang, I remember the ringing so early in the morning and checking the area code, it said 780 which meant Alberta, Canada....more
You make the pain and loss and reactions so vivid...I'm SO sorry for your loss :(more

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday seems to be a fairly common theme for bloggers. I've never taken part, but today seemed like as good of day as any to try and remember the good things in my life. I find it too easy to get consumed in my grief, feeling sorry for myself, and generally feeling pretty crap about life. I hope to spend at least a little time each week to reflect on the things I can be thankful for.  Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. -Cicero  I'm thankful for:  ...more

Dealing with Suicide

I know three people who committed suicide. I've had friends threaten it. I've dangerously brought myself to a place where I, too, thought about it. Never could I imagine doing it, but I'd be lying to you, the reader, and to myself if I didn't admit to it. I am a happy person, though. I like seeing the good sides of people. I like taking care of people and giving them advice. Nothing makes me happier when I see someone smiling and enjoying themselves. I don't need to be the cause. I just like people to be happy....more
Sending hugs, prayers, and just as much positive energy as I can muster.   "People will leave a ...more

I Will Not Censor Myself and Updates on Life

Today was my second day at work. It was easier than yesterday. Getting up in the morning to an alarm for a specific reason seems strange. Since Finley died, I've pretty much done what I want and when I want to.I think being at work is helpful so far. I find myself enjoying the job and asking a lot of questions. I am interested in it and it's nice to be learning something new....more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
I have been sharing my story ever since.  http://artievanwhy.commore