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  • February 25, 2018
     
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 8
    It was difficult to wrap my head around the anniversary of his death. Twenty-five years pass like a haze compared to the 5 we shared with him, and yet the calendar pages easily identify times chasm. Even today, after all these years, grief arrives in swells. Time has done its best to soften the edges like a smooth stone, washed repeatedly with the echo of what...

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  • February 19, 2018
    "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 7
    As I mentioned my brother Joe's Valentine birthday, with his death almost 15 years ago, a friend asked me to share my favorite story of him. This thoughtful question brought him to life in touching detail allowing me to focus more on his memory instead of his death, and I giggled as I recalled this moment...

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  • February 11, 2018
     "What screws up most in life is the picture in our heads of how it is supposed to be."
    52 weeks of gratitude: Week 6 
    Throughout life, we are crestfallen when things do not unfold the way we had planned. I have found myself daydreaming responses before they actualize. Images of the future I imagine form in my minds eye before knowing the answer. 
    All the possibilities that arrive when we land...

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  • February 4, 2018
    "I will never forget the moment they told me that your heart had stopped. Even though mine broke in that second, it strangely kept beating." ~ Zoe Clarke Coates 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week five
    It will be 20 years on Wednesday since my father died. I still grieve that loss...
    3/12/44 - 2/7/98
    Twenty years of reality rumbles painfully through me as the truth of your existence collides with...

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