Living With Loss

Few Are Lucky To Have

Today marks three years since Jackie passed away. I’ve been feeling the knot in my stomach building for the last few weeks…I just can’t believe she’s been gone for three years. I miss her more every day, but I do find comfort in knowing how she’d react to life’s developments since she’s been gone. She’d…

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The Tragedy Rule

You know when you discover a new author, and suddenly you come across books and mentions of her everywhere? Or when you get a new dog, and then you see that breed every time you walk down the street or play in the park? There’s actually a term for that – frequency illusion (or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon,…

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…

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…

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