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When Grief Changes Our Priorities (aka should I join a commune?)

I have this very vivid memory of sitting in the lobby of my college dorm talking to my boyfriend at the time about my decision to quit college.  In my mind it was so clear at the time – life was too short to spend in a classroom, I couldn’t relate to other college students …


Holidays and Hardship: Will the kids be alright?

My pretty little girls with your sweet little curls, dreamy eyes, and snow globe sized world; what I wouldn’t give to keep you wrapped in a blanket of safety and comfort forever. While you lay in your bed and worry about the monsters in your closet; I lay in mine and think about dangers that look nothing …


The ‘Yes, and…’ approach to gratitude

You didn’t think we’d make it through Thanksgiving without a gratitude post, did you? Well think again. We know every once in a while when this topic pops up a good percentage of you zone out; when you’re feeling down it’s extremely annoying to have some lady blogger tell you to be grateful. But we …

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New Perspective on Old Traditions: Grief and the Holidays

Friends, the time has come. Gather up your emotional armor and summon all your strength for today you will begin your journey into the holiday season. We (yes we’re with you!) will not be defeated. Neither an unrelenting barrage of grief triggers nor the logistical quagmires presented by holiday tradition will drag us into a …

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The Brain, Grief and Music

I was supposed to have a post done yesterday but it just didn’t happen.  I had half a post done and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it.  I was having a crappy day that was part of a crappy week, which I am blaming partially on Daylight Savings Time.  It being dark at …

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