The BRAVE Interview #22 May 2018: Melanie Delorme

Welcome to this month's BRAVE Interview with Melanie Delorme! I am a teacher, a wife, a mother, an author who was given the role of bereaved mom in 2008 when my 8-year-old son, Garrett, was accidentally shot and killed in a hunting accident. It would have been so easy to allow this horrific experience to … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #22 May 2018: Melanie Delorme

What goes around

When I graduated from high school, one of the things that I was given was a Lane cedar mini-keepsake box. I know this because, unlike other things I might have been given that day, I still have my Lane cedar mini-keepsake box. One of the reasons that I was so excited to receive it was because my … Continue reading What goes around

The BRAVE Interview #11 June 2017: Chris Ann

Here is this month's BRAVE Interview with Chris Ann: The concept of being brave has never been a foreign one to me. Bravery is what I have embodied through out my life. I was brave when I become very ill as a child and had to suffer painful stomach problems when the doctors could not … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #11 June 2017: Chris Ann

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

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

Book Review: Pieces that Fit

Pieces That Fit: A Mother's Journey Through Her Son's Puzzling Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome by Karen MacNeill is an important book for anyone to read that has, or wonders what it is like to have, a child with different needs in the school system. I found it to be immediately relatable. There are so many … Continue reading Book Review: Pieces that Fit

Give me the flowers

This month, I felt drawn to attend one of Melissa Boyd's programs where she channels messages from spirit, but I had no one to go with. By nature I am an introvert, and typically I am not a person who likes to go places alone. Other than, you know, a coffee shop with a book. … Continue reading Give me the flowers

Message from Mom

So I had a visit last night from my mother. She died in 1996. She visited me in a dream. She was wearing a long white dress that was cinched in at the waist with a sash that I think was also white. I should note that she never dressed like that in real life.  … Continue reading Message from Mom

Brave the movie

Brave in a nutshell: Best hair in a movie--ever. Lots of slap stick humor. Butts abound. There is one anomaly: a mother. This is a Disney film, after all, but it includes a mother. Any of you who grew up with Bambi, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Cinderella...evil stepmothers notwithstanding, there are no living birth mothers in this … Continue reading Brave the movie

Girls of a feather

My daughter and I got matching feathers a few months ago. Why? I don't know. We were at a business expo and there was someone offering to feather people for $5. She said it usually costs $8 but it was a special price Today Only (certainly we've all heard that before). Anyway, she wanted one … Continue reading Girls of a feather