Grief is a sacred journey

My Land and Home

Bees, Butterflies, and Blessings: Cycles of Nature and Grief

137 14 6 If you’ve read my blog or visited my Facebook page, you know photography helped with my grieving process. In 2008 when my husband Vic died, I rarely took photos. Vic was the family photographer. The evening after

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A Painting, a Pyramid, and my Longing

125 “I brought you a gift,” my daughter-in-law Liz said the day after the launch party for Leaning into Love. She seemed unusually shy. “Really, Liz? Another gift? You gave me the gift of driving from North Carolina

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A Book Launch, an Engagement, and a Pyramid

92 My family enjoys extravaganzas. It was my husband Vic’s style. If you can’t celebrate in a big way, why bother? I remember my surprise birthday party staged by Vic in 1968. Friends walked down the hill toward our

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Planting Joy in a Season of Sorrow

124 22 1 Go outside and plant, a wise voice in me said. You need flowers. Garden plants sat on the porches and at the side of the house. They were hardened off and ready to go in

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Spring Desire at the Hardware Store

86 “I need a hinge for an exterior door,” I tell the man at Agway. “It’s this way,” he says, waving his hand in the direction he’s walking. He’s a thick man, muscular and short. He wears

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My Favorite Mother’s Day Gifts: Life, Hope, and Bluebirds

124 I watched the twin nesting boxes for days in April. Cold wind blasted rain against the house windows. Then it snowed. Bluebirds were late. Would they ever come? Years ago, my husband Vic rebuilt a remnant

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Before and After: When My Old Life Died, a New Life Began

131 4 My life is divided into Before—the time between meeting my husband Vic in 1966 and his death in 2008—and After. I am no longer a wife and partner. I am still a mother, although my

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Healed by Nature, Inspired by Love

148 2 In 1967, Vic persuaded me to lie in a sleeping bag on the cold ground in March. We held each other while waves of green, yellow, and pink tinted the sky—a divine aurora borealis lightshow.

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Flowers, Butterflies, and Bees on my Finger Lakes Land: 2013

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Sunsets over Seneca Lake Valley: 2013

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