Category Archives: Parenting

#Adayinthelife  #SelfieChallenge

A friend of mine invited me to try the “Ten Day Selfie Challenge.” You post a different picture from a day in your life, each day, for 10 days. I decided to give it a try with ten of the different “hats” that I wear in my crazy life. It was really fun to do …

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The art of parenting adult children

Once I thought of writing a book about parenting adult children. I decided it would have one page in it. That page would have two words in large, boldfaced font, “Let Go.” Letting go is the hardest part of parenting adult children. Letting go of their decisions, their whereabouts, their lifestyle choices — so much …

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Grieving As Transformation

Last week, to honor the one-year anniversary of my mother’s sudden death, and the six-month anniversary of my job loss, I attended a grief workshop. About twenty of us sat in a circle around a beautiful, multi-tiered display of broken mugs. There were many kinds, colors and shapes of mugs. Some were merely chipped, some …

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Blindsided! Surviving Grief, Loss, and Disappointment

A year later: I’m still in awe of the support and encouragement of our friends during our Blindside! My mom died a month ago, suddenly, in her sleep, just died. Did I mention it was a shock? When something shocking happens, it sends us reeling in a way few other things can. In Baz Luhrmann’s famous …

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Driving Miss Donnie: How to survive a road trip with someone with dementia

I wrote this blog a year ago when my mom and I did something we’d done our whole lives: We took a road trip to Idaho. I had no idea when we did it, that it would be our last. I’m so grateful for these memories.  I’m just back from a four day road trip …

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On-line Dating for Seniors or Dating My Mother!

Many of us in my generation are dealing with a lot of difficult issues concerning our aging parents. After my father’s death, my mom was desperately lonely. So when she came to live with us, I started dating her online. I found a free dating site, sat up a profile for her and monitored it …

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Rampant Anxiety and Fear — Part One

Revisiting this post from last year at this time. Still a very relevant topic! Last week I had the privilege of being with a group of 10 twenty-somethings for a retreat. At the end of their time we were talking about what they had to go back to, and I was surprised to learn how …

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The Prodigal Son Returns

I thought I’d better end this series of when my son went missing two years ago with the good news story of when he came back!

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Ode to Depression

The last in the series from two years ago about the time when Micah was missing. There was a lot to learn there and I love sharing it even after two years, especially since it’s been a rough year and again I’m dealing with depression. I do think I’m getting better at it, continuing to …

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No one ever mentions MLK’s mama!

In my on-going reminiscence, here is another blog I wrote two falls ago while Micah was “on the lamb!” So, we found my son after a month’s absence. In his words he was having “The time of his life!” He’d first lived on the streets of NYC with the starving artists, and then joined the Occupy …

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