The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

My dad's last meal was fried clams. Flashback to 1998. Dad was dying of lung cancer. The living room was dominated by the hospital bed sent by hospice once it was clear he could no longer manage the climb to the second floor bedroom. He had been in and out of consciousness for several days … Continue reading The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

Blue Moon

My husband and I got up early and raced outside to try to see the Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse at the 'optimal time' here in Maine (6:45 am)--since it only occurs once every hundred years or so, we didn't want to miss it. And it was up there...behind the trees. So we jumped in the … Continue reading Blue Moon

Goodbye, my friend

A very dear person passed away over the weekend. I met Karen when I worked with her at Sirona several years ago. We worked together via the telephone, so actually our voices met first! As many of you may know, you can tell a lot about someone by their voice. I liked her right away. … Continue reading Goodbye, my friend

The BRAVE Interview #9 April 2017: Charlotte

Please enjoy this month's BRAVE interview with Charlotte! Who are you? I am a Registered Nurse, a Mom to 3 adult children (where has time gone?!), and a 5 month Golden Retriever named Charlie. I was born and raised in Maine, and have lived here ever since. I live in the small town of Limerick, … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #9 April 2017: Charlotte

BOOK REVIEW: This Life I Live by Rory Feek

I didn't want to read this book.  I first heard about it when I came across an article in a magazine--some Woman's Day-y type of publication, I think. I read some of the article, thought, "Oh, this is a sad story," and put it down. Well, it found me again. Have you ever noticed how … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: This Life I Live by Rory Feek

Hello from Heaven

As I recently wrote, my son moved into his new apartment. Apartments, as we all know, usually need furniture. As a mother, I want to (over) help him with this. When I got my first apartment, my mother and my grandmother went to great lengths to make sure I had everything I might need or … Continue reading Hello from Heaven

The Dempsey Challenge 2016

I volunteered again this year at The Dempsey Challenge in the Reiki Tent. What a wonderful group of people there!  This was my second year volunteering, and I plan to be part of this wonderful event next year as well. "Every dollar raised by Dempsey Challenge participants directly benefits the Dempsey Center." As Ina Garten would … Continue reading The Dempsey Challenge 2016

Book Review: Celebrating Death

When I discovered that one of my colleagues wrote a book, I couldn't wait to read it.  The book is Celebrating Death: A Guidebook for Dying Well by Esther Shapiro, R.N., Msc.D. The author comes by her expertise regarding death both personally and professionally, and she generously shares her hard-won insights regarding her experiences from both. … Continue reading Book Review: Celebrating Death

My foremothers

This is the first Mother's Day in 3 years that I have had the day off from work. YAY! It gave me more time to spend with my kids, for which I am endlessly grateful. It also gave me more time for reflection, for which I am also very grateful. In years past, I have … Continue reading My foremothers

My first 100 Days of Grace

I was wondering once again this past Sunday why the heck I had chosen Grace to be my word--or more accurately, Grace had chosen me to be its person --this year. Brave, my word last year, was a great word! A word you can sink your teeth into! Get your mind around! Get a grip on! Grace … Continue reading My first 100 Days of Grace