Letting go language

Letting go language

There’s something about the idea of “letting go.” People often say things to those who mourn gauging somehow for them whether or not they are progressing after their major life loss. They say things that reflect their own measuring of the speed they...
Power Outage

Power Outage

A thunderstorm blew through our area last week taking with it the power lines behind our neighbor’s house. The lights went out and stayed out. All night and into the next day. Being without electrical power reminded me of the kind of powerlessness that comes...
Beyond stages to process

Beyond stages to process

We’ve all heard them; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The stages of grief Elizabeth Kübler Ross developed through her studies in the 1960s of those who were dying. Without a doubt, Ross influenced and continues to influence our understanding of...
Cigar boxes

Cigar boxes

For some not-quite-known reason, I’ve had a penchant for cigar boxes. While living in San Antonio a friend took me to a local cigar shop where I found I could purchase empty cigar boxes. The boxes were an inexpensive treat—most were wood with unique little...
Be a life observer

Be a life observer

There is a cupboard in my home office filled with journals dating back to my college days. If I were to randomly pull one out, I know I would read about the weather, books I was reading, quotes from things I’d seen and some things I wrote about which now seem...