Four canvas beach chairs in the sand with four gulls circling above them. Two are green and white stripped; two are navy blue and white striped


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief .. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. Wendell Berry

Jimmy at age 1 wearing a striped train engineer cap, an SF Giants light gray onesie with Giants on his left breast sitting with trains from Thomas the Tank Engine

Facing The Beautiful Awful

No one feels another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy. Franz Schubert

an image of a piece of broken pottery embedded in the sand on a wet beach with the word 'Love' on it and a peace sign above the word

What I’ve Learned

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know” Pema Chodron

Bouquet of daisies with white petals and yellow centers and small purple flowers plus a fountain pen on white cardstock


Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning, for grief is only love squaring up to its oldest enemy. And after all these mortal human years, love is up to the challenge. Kate Braestrup

You Are Not Here To Tell Me

The kindest and most meaningful thing that anyone ever says to me is: Your mother would be proud of you. Finding a way in my grief to become the woman who my mother raised me to be is the most important way I have honored my mother. It has been the greatest salve to my sorrow. Cheryl Strayed

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