Wisdom Wednesday #88 – Grieve

Claire Wineland has popped up in my mind from time to time since she died. I realized last week why I felt and still feel sad about her passing. She was so close to knowing what life would be like with new lungs. She was so close to know what it feels like to breathe…

Wisdom Wednesday #87 – Embrace Life

I have felt sadness lately. On Monday one of my girlfriends messaged me to let me know that a woman that we both follow via social media died. As soon as I read her message I felt the sudden punch of shock. I was first introduced to this women through her father, John Wineland, who…

Tune #46 – The Love Wouldn’t Die

Have you ever felt like you were going to die? Or like you were dying? I am not talking about putting yourself in harms way, having a terminal illness or hypochondria. I’m talking about death to your former self or the life that you know/ knew. This may sound, way out of left field, in…

Wisdom #73 – Honor Your Ancestors

Remember you are an expression of your mothers love. I helped my friend write a condolence note this week. We finished the message with the quote above. I felt those words in my heart as I spoke them and I feel them now as I rewrite them. Did you feel that in your heart too? Today is the…

Tune Tuesday #34 – Contemplating Life

Death has been circling me lately. Like my meditation on love, focus on my health and habits, lessons on energy and series that I have written in relation to the gifts of breakups, death wants to be seen and heard too. I am not a morbid person and I do not bring this topic up…

Wisdom Wednesday #49 – What Really Matters at the End of Life

This weekend a bright yellowish-green butterfly calmly landed on my shoulder. It was a nice surprise that I wish I was able to capture in a picture. A butterfly is a commonly used symbol of transformation. We tend to think of the outcome of the butterfly and it’s beauty, but rarely do we think about…

Mindful Monday #81 – Stuck in a Rut?

Happy Monday! Today marks exactly three weeks until my next birthday. It has been a long time since I have looked forward to a birthday in the way that I am looking forward to this specific one. As a result of writing my posts on breakups and reflecting on my personal year, I have gained…

Wisdom Wednesday #33 – Resume or Eulogy?

It’s April Fools Day! I hope you can get through the day without someone pulling a prank on you. There are no pranks here today, but the opposite – a semi heavy subject. If you follow my blog regularly, you know that February was a very, very hard month. Of all the hard moments of…

Cloudy with a Chance of Tears

I thought today was Thursday. Even though, I flew home yesterday (aka Thursday); I still believed for the entire day that today was Thursday. That’s how my week has been all week. Cloudy. Cloudy…with a chance of tears. This month has really knocked the wind out of me. Last weekend was hard because I got…

Wisdom Wednesday #11 – Hope in a Desperate Time

Robin Williams’ death has had a great impact on so many people.  As soon as I learned of his death, I was in disbelief.  Then the flood of post after post after post of people talking about personal accounts of meeting him, working with him and remembering him and his work. Among the mourning and remembrance…

The Final Curtain Call

I first experienced death when I was seven.  One of my close cousins died, followed by both of my grandmothers in a six-month period.  I experienced so much death as a child that I grew numb to death.  It wasn’t until I was 15, when a high school friend died that death became hard.  I…