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Forgiveness…What Grief has to do with It.

I listened twice to Brené Brown discussing her book, Rising Strong, on Super Soul Sunday. It was the second time through when I really heard the part about forgiveness. “In order for forgiveness to happen, something has to die."  She quoted her pastor as saying. And then she mentioned grief. What? I've never put that together - that there is grief involved with forgiveness. But, of course! Any interaction that involves enough injury to need forgiveness involves grief. It is the loss of something, whether an item, an idea, a relationship, or a dream. Loss incurs grief. Grief incurs pain. Pain is often avoided. And so forgiveness eludes. I don't think of myself as unforgiving. And I've probably worked my way through most of the … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

Follow Your Own Dreams

Years ago my granddaughter was what…enamored? in love? in lust?  I just re-discovered this letter I wrote to her. Does it work for you and yours? Dear Granddaughter: Thanks for sharing his letter.  I know that hearing from him means a lot to you. Are you seeing what I’m seeing in his response to you?  […]

Accepting My Role

“I am an elder. And I am delighted to be an elder.” Alice Walker to Tami Simon Acknowledging myself as an elder is like settling into a comfortable chair surrounded by my favorite books by my favorite authors and spiritual leaders with my laptop within reach and knowing that there is internet. I am at […]

A Generation Between

I wrote this many years ago…and it is still so true.   Dear Children, It comes down to the difference between parenting and grandparenting. Without blaming myself as a parent, I understand the difficulties of parenting: showing love versus giving guidance; giving direction without giving orders; teaching values without imposing ideology. When you were born […]

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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 […]

You are enough!

I am re-posting this as a form letter. Perhaps it will help you write your your child or grandchild. To what standard do you hold yourself?  Who is the paragon to whom you compare yourself? You do not disappoint! You are a person of soul and virtue.  You may have lived through things or done […]

Happy 21

This is a post brought forward from the past because so many of you are looking for those birthday letters. Dear Granddaughter, The Facebook posts and emails are flying. It is a celebration of you. Our son can’t believe he is the father of a 21-year-old. Your mother is remembering driving you home from the […]

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Women in Prison

The last few days I have had my annual wake up call. I saw several films and documentaries that touched my heart, triggered constructive thought and tweaked my conscience. Some felt familiar and some were a call to action. Mothering Inside (click here to see trailer) was a combination of all that I look for […]

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Joy and Sorrow in the Afternoon

I know! I know! I create suffering by my expectations. Still, I always expect the best. I’ve written before about my lifelong BFF. You can read about her here. I love this woman. In spite of her dementia, she is always thrilled to see me. Two weeks ago we had a wonderful time when I […]

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Happy (Beginnings) Easter

Greetings change according to what friends I am addressing: Happy Easter, Feliz Pascua, Buona Pasqua.  And my favorite…Kalo Pascha in Greece changes to Christos Anesti, the joyful acknowledgment on Easter Sunday morning that Christ is risen. I have celebrated Easter in many ways and in foreign places – both in my tradition and in the […]

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