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A Site for Remembrance

Dad has been in the closet for a long time. He was cremated in 2006 and spent the next five years by the couch where his wife lived her days with him, her dog, and her cat. When his wife moved north with her daughter several years ago, he became my responsibility. My father's only desire was for his ashes to be with hers. She wanted hers to be strewn on a mountain top. And so he waited. Last year she died and joined him in my closet.* They are together again but the question has been - where will the remainder of their remains remain? My father was two weeks shy of 98 when he died in 2006. His wife died at 100 years old in 2014 . Not surprisingly due to the nature of life, many of those who loved them are older...and some not … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

Learning from You

Dear Granddaughter, You are such a joy to me. Each time we visit I feel enriched by our time together. The pleasure we gain from our conversations on profound issues is a rare gift, isn’t it? On our last visit I learned a great lesson from you. In my continuing fascination with expectations I loved […]

21 Years and Counting

It’s your birthday, dear grandson. You are 21 years old. Incredible! How did it happen so fast? The round-faced sunny boy has transformed. Your handsome face is chiseled. Your strength is visible in your well-formed muscles and your solid presence. One needn’t know your age to recognize that you are a man. I have never […]

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Freedom to Fly Away…

Dear Children. I’m always conflicted when you leave. I’m happy for what you are experiencing and I am a little anxious that you are off my radar. In this case, I won’t be able to call you on the phone and because I haven’t visited India, I won’t truly hear the sounds, smell the smells, […]

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FORM LETTERS

Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

21 Years and Counting

It’s your birthday, dear grandson. You are 21 years old. Incredible! How did it happen so fast? The round-faced sunny boy has transformed. Your handsome face is chiseled. Your strength is visible in your well-formed muscles and your solid presence. One needn’t know your age to recognize that you are a man. I have never […]

To My Valentine

My Dearest Husband, I have so many valentines now. But as I am thinking about my children and my grandchildren, my mind turns to you. You are the one, after all. You are the one who has always loved me. All of those years ago I didn’t understand how such a stud decided to pay […]

My Wish for You in the New Year

You always have my good wishes. Above and beyond all of that, remember that New Year’s Day is just that: a new day in your life. On any day you can make new plans, change your course, turn back and try again. Remember that every hour in your life is precious.* So live with intention […]

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My Mother’s Birthday

Dear Children, Here it is – Mom’s birthday again. Will I ever get better at expressing my feelings about my mother?  I know that the longer I live, the more I understand both her and myself. Observing her difficulty in making connection is an object lesson in love. In the years when you were under […]

The Year of the Horse galloped away…

According to the Oriental horoscope, 2014 is a year of green wooden Horse; this year is characterized by the Yang energy – a powerfully dynamic energy impulse. Those of you who don’t procrastinate will have a hard time believing that last year on January 31st (Chinese New Year, 2014) I made a notation on my […]

More on Expectations

Is it impossible to live without expectation? Or if we are really living the in present moment…does it leave expectations behind? Personally, when I think I am living without expectations, it is because my dreams and plans for life are so much a part of me that I don’t recognize them as such. The things […]

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