Tag Archives: loss

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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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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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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No Longer Invisible Darling Girl

It’s been bad. It’s heavy. Bring on whatever it has to be, I can take it, but please don’t let my daughter suffer.  There is nothing worse than watching your children go through the hell of despair. Today I wanted … Continue reading

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Baby, I’m Back!

Well, hello again dear readers!  I have returned from my journey across that vast Atlantic sea, safe and sound, climbed back out of a sleepless void commonly known as ‘jet lag’ so that I am now managing to  sleep 4 hours straight (yes, … Continue reading

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My Dad – A Story of Alcoholism & Atonement

‘Bungling Burglar, Ex-Lag, Gun-Threat Pensioner’.  Let me introduce you to my dear old dad.  Please know, however, these are not my descriptions of my dad, oh no.  These are headlines taken from newspapers. This is because my dad is famous.  … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace – Not Just Any Robin

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  How beautiful and powerful those words ring out, you’ve got to love that old-time religion.  Back in … Continue reading

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