"I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me. They, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could." Veronica Roth, Allegiant A Keeping It Real Post When your husband dies, he takes part of you with him. I'm not … [Read more...] about Widowhood Stole My Identity. I’m Throwing Off the Shackles and Taking It Back.
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"Age is irrelevant. Ask me how many sunsets I've seen, hearts I've loved, trips I've taken, or concerts I've been to. That's how old I am." ~Joelle A Keeping It Real Post Remember when I wrote about being invisible? I think it's safe to say I'm fully recovered. Or, … [Read more...] about Another Birthday Post
“Ritual is able to hold the long-discarded shards of our stories and make them whole again. It has the strength and elasticity to contain what we cannot contain on our own, what we cannot face in solitude.” Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and … [Read more...] about Letting Go Of Grief Rituals
"All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others." Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse A Keeping It Real Post There is a … [Read more...] about Invisibility: The Hidden Side Effect of Widowhood
“There is poetry among the wildflowers.” Rachel Irene Stevenson A Keeping It Real Post When I was in Bristol a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Calendar Girls on stage at the Hippodrome. A musical in a historic theater? And based on a true story? Yes, please! I … [Read more...] about Widows and Wildflowers
A Coping With Grief Post When I was in Durham last week, the Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was at the top of my "must-see" list. Of all the European cathedrals I've toured, Durham was one of the few not covered in scaffolding at the time of my visit. It … [Read more...] about Keep Climbing, Girl (What ancient cathedrals remind us about the grief recovery process.)