Tag Archives: Grief

An Italian Journey: Writing And Healing

September arrived and with it, any thoughts of writing vanished.   My birthday; a long-awaited holiday.  Both beckoned.   But somewhere in the space between early spring and autumn’s first flush, everything blurred into one big smudge of I can’t face it. We … Continue reading

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It Is What It Is: Goodbye Darling Dad

Hello dear friends, When I signed off here three months ago, I hoped to return in September with good news about my memoir writing progress, but in early July I got a call from my uncle telling me my dad … Continue reading

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Sanctuary in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei

There is a tiny village in Normandy called Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei that is so charming, it is known officially as a ‘Most Beautiful Village of France’.  It was a privilige to spend my birthday afternoon there in September with my family ~ … Continue reading

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Breathe

This flash/poem (if there is such a thing) is dedicated to my friend Charli, who in her grief for the recent loss of her best friend asked us to write a 99 word Flash Fiction about a breathless moment, to … Continue reading

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In The Joy And Memorial For A Friend

I tried, but I cannot write another thing until this man who meant so much to me is heard:  a man called John who has left this earth for a better place but who gave my heart a safe place … Continue reading

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Jurassic Park, Graduation And Goodbye To A British Icon

Kindness.  Thoughtfulness. Compassion.  Words we all know and understand and hopefully act upon as often as possible.  Yet while bombarded daily it seems with news reports of terrifying and sickening acts of violence, depravity, murder, and unimaginable human suffering from … Continue reading

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This Storm Will Bring You Down but it Will Not Break You

The storm arrived last night as was forecast. It did its best to wreak havoc with its howling winds and pounding rain.  By morning the damage was done but not as bad as was first feared for us in our … Continue reading

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A Newborn Prince and “If Only”

Hurrah! We have a newborn Prince in the land, Prince George of Cambridge! What a beautiful bundle of joy he looks, at least from what we have seen of him so far! A healthy, sturdy, darling baby boy, safely delivered … Continue reading

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A Short Story of Grief As Told In My Garden

High Into the Blue. Even though I break and shatter, Even though I cry alone; Even then I know you are with me, Even then I know I am home. How do I heal from this?  Is it possible when … Continue reading

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