Living With Loss

Turned Inside Out

This has some very mild spoilers about Inside Out. Mike and I took the kids to see Inside Out this weekend. We all enjoyed it immensely. Gorgeous to look at, well-acted, lovely score, clever story, smart dialogue – it had everything you’d want in a move. But what I like the most about Inside Out…

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If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

One of the ways Jackie and I dealt with the crappy things in life was with gallows humor. It was the kind of stuff most people would drop their jaws over, but it really helped us cope with everything life had thrown at us. One of the things we’d joke about is how there weren’t…

Humbled And Grateful

A few days before this year’s March for Babies, I was informed that our March for Maddie team was being honored for raising over $50,000. In fact, we came very close to passing $100,000 raised! We’ll definitely pass that milestone next year. On the morning of the march, we woke up even earlier than usual….

Can’t Process

This week has left me feeling numb and shell-shocked. My brain has gone into safety mode. It has just enough energy for what my kids need and what my job needs. And even then, just barely. I’ve found myself staring for hours at the same sentence on my computer screen. The time between lunch and dinner seems…

Six Years Gone

I’ve always been someone who was strangely good with days and dates. Without looking at a calendar, I can tell you what day of the week a date will fall on. It’s this useless, mildly amusing party trick that lead me to realize a few years ago that 2009 and 2015 are “repeating years,” or…

Marching On

I am honored to once again be volunteering with the have the March of Dimes California Chapter in a communications/social media capacity. One of the most important things I do as a volunteer is help spread the mission of the March of Dimes and their annual March for Babies fundraising walk. The March for Babies is the…

Destined For Greatness

At the beginning of the month, a private plane crashed in Kentucky with five people on board. A seven-year-old girl survived, but her parents, nine-year-old sister, and fourteen-year-old cousin did not. The story was all over the news because not only did the little girl survive but she also walked, injured, through a heavily wooded…

Everyone Is Missing Someone

I’ve been thinking a lot about the people I know who are grieving fresh losses. Holidays are so hard…they are a time of togetherness, and nothing emphasizes who isn’t there like having the rest of your loved ones in the same place. A friend in grief recently said to me, “Give it to me straight:…

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