Category Archives: Death

Same day; three special birthdays

Funny, in an ironic way. The same night last week that I was pondering my father’s death eleven years earlier–kneeling in the same spot in the living room where the hospital bed had been–but I hadn’t been–unbeknownst to me, another … Continue reading

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9/11; 911: a call for help

Not a happy camper when, as an acquisitions editor, the publisher did some academic product list swapping and I lost a list I had begun, a list filled with authors and teachers with whom I had grown especially close. The … Continue reading

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In the face of death–do-overs

“Don’t let Bobbie see me like this.” Those were the last words I heard my grandmother speak before she went into a coma; the last time I heard her voice. Unaware that I was standing in the doorway to the … Continue reading

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flower power: overcoming evil with good

Unlike those of us content to plant only shrubs, our next door neighbors plant all kinds of flowers, including sunflowers, which reach so far above the fence that tries to keep them contained, straightway within their backyard, that I can’t … Continue reading

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Detachment simulation…Warning; it’s not easy!

The older I get, the more I realize how difficult it is to detach from people, places, and things. An eye-opening exercise in that regard took place for me years ago, during hospice volunteer training. (Sadly, I still haven’t  fully … Continue reading

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