Death of a Gentle Giant…

There was an old hemlock in the backyard of my present home. It leaned rather precariously and most of its lower branches were dead. The tip blight had been hard at work on this towering giant and like many Eastern Hemlock here in the eastern US, the tiniest organism infected the giant, slowly strangling its … Read moreDeath of a Gentle Giant…

Why I write…

C.S. Lewis famously stated, “We read to know we are not alone.” For those of us with a bent to putting words on the paper / screen, I think that is what we are trying to do to some extent. We are reaching out. Not just to have confirmation that we are not alone, but … Read moreWhy I write…

Grieving a Lost Parent: My Journey of Grief after my Mother’s Death

I was browsing on Twitter last night, and I came across someone who just lost their mother in June. She was searching for a support group to help her cope with her loss. I offered her my support, but it really got me thinking about what it was like to grieve for the loss of … Read moreGrieving a Lost Parent: My Journey of Grief after my Mother’s Death

Change…

A tree in my yard, recently uprooted in some of the season’s storms. On inspection at its roots, was a large underground boulder. Though the tree looked strong and secure, hidden at its core was the element of its destruction. The boulder itself did not topple the tree however. The miniscule movement of the surrounding … Read moreChange…

Heart Open, Please Enter 

There’s a little glimmer of warmth, burrowing into my chest. And a chink of light, peeking into my spirit. If I listen carefully I can almost hear a heart-warming song. It has taken me awhile to recognise it – the song of hope. Unfamiliar. Really scary. Really positive. Hope. Hope has a few different acronyms … Read moreHeart Open, Please Enter 

Spiritual Growth, Loss and the Healing Power of Compassion

I remember a time, right before I was introduced to mindfulness, when a life event made me realize how much pain I carried in my body, mind and heart. I felt as if I was one of the walking wounded, on the outside I looked okay but if you could see deep into my heart … Read moreSpiritual Growth, Loss and the Healing Power of Compassion

Gratitude while grieving

When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right. It was no easy feat to try and find things I was grateful for after losing my baby girl just hours after bringing her into this world. In my darkest moments all I could do was … Read moreGratitude while grieving