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Grieving the Home Team’s Loss: a glimpse at Life Preservers’ changes

October 19, 2010

High school and college football is a real big deal here in the Missouri Ozarks. It makes life a little easier on Friday nights. For example, if you didn’t get to talk to a key business contact during the week, it’s no problem. Simply track him or her down at his or her child’s ball […]

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A Child’s Perspective on Death

March 30, 2010

It was 1964 and the central Illinois funeral home was packed with people. They had congregated to honor the life of William Q. Leach, humanitarian, war veteran, public speaker, corporate promotions director extradonaire, and beloved father. I know, because he was mine and I was there. On that particular day I was ushered into the […]

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We’ve Gone to the Dogs

January 11, 2010

I don’t really know what that statement means, but it got me thinking about pets. Watching mindless TV one night I saw a show that featured a couple who talked on and on about their kids. The woman couldn’t stop talking about how her time had been taken up with making sure the kids had […]

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And So It Begins- the Countdown

January 5, 2010

Whenever we enter a New Year it’s natural to let that passing of time become our marker for other life events: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and so forth. My now-deceased mother would do that: each year on my birthday she would call me and say “twenty-two years ago (or twenty-five or twenty-six or whatever age I […]

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Life Preservers’ Resolutions for Letting go of an Old Year, an Old Love, and/or an Old Dream

December 29, 2009

Resolve to: 1. Express gratitude for what you’ve lost. It’s true that it isn’t so easy when it is a year/person/dream we are more than willing to see flee from our lives, but no matter what, give thanks for the experience/vision you’ve had. In that case, it brought you the gift of clarity about what […]

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Turning Grief into a Christmas Cookie

December 17, 2009

I will be making my Grandmother’s Christmas sugar cookies this weekend and of course her memory is strong in my mind and heart. I’ve washed off the cookie cutters and set aside the 3 that my mom used as a girl: the bell, the Santa and a bird. Those are made last, so that she […]

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Walking Your Talk

September 15, 2009

Dr. O. Carl Simonton is dead. He’s been dead since late June, but I only now found out. I was Googling people who have been influential in my life: Joanna Bull, Howard Benjamin, Carl Simonton and others, to see what they are doing now. Carl is not doing much on this earthly plane, but believe […]

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Laboring On After Labor Day

September 8, 2009

We’re back at work here in the US of A, after a nice long holiday called Labor Day. It was a time for me to truly explore how I want to work between now and the end of the year. I talked with a friend who has continually manifested a foot problem that insists she […]

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Cookie Cravings

August 10, 2009

I need a sugar cookie. No, not one of those slice and bake kind or the ones from Pepperidge Farm, I need one of my grandmother’s sugar cookies. Trouble is, Grandma Hempstead died many years ago and it has fallen to me to carry on our cookie baking tradition. Throughout my childhood my grandma and […]

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I Miss My Focus

June 30, 2009

Maybe it was the heat. It could have been my demanding schedule and some resistance to a big project, but I seem to have misplaced my focus. Or have I? Maybe I am just pushing myself so hard to complete things by July 1, that I am causing myself this grief? I’ve just made a […]

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