The Grief Diet

The Grief Diet

What I’ve been reviewing lately is how hard it can be to fix meals in a time of loss. After a long work day, I find myself staring into the refrigerator and freezer and noticing delicious and healthy supplies—and still not being able to choose. Sometimes...
Grief garden

Grief garden

Digging, chopping, pulling, pushing—shovel, hoe, pitch fork, wheel barrow. Working in my weedy vegetable garden in recent days I began to think about the how much this physical effort is a mirror for grief. Mourning the loss of someone or something seems...
What’s on your Plan B list?

What’s on your Plan B list?

In the months after my mom died (nearly 10 years ago) I participated in a grief support group offered by a local hospice facility. One of the takeaways that has stayed with me across the years it to have a plan in advance. That empowering thought—have a...
What a World!

What a World!

“What a world! What a world!” – The Wicked Witch of the West In the movie The Wizard of Oz we’ve all watched the as the Tin Man awakens, the monkeys fly, and the Wicked Witch laments “What a World! What a World!” melts. In recent days, in the...
A Place Called Between

A Place Called Between

In his book Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers, Fred Rogers writes: “I saw a friend who’s a freelance writer and asked him what he was working on. “Nothing right now,” he answered. “You know how it is with freelancers. But...
How will you feather your nest?

How will you feather your nest?

On my windowsill sits a deep bird nest. Made of mud and straw its original location was in a lean-to barn on my parent’s farm. The bird who built the nest took advantage of a hanging roll of barbed wire—high up in the barn, isolated and relatively safe...