Life is Grace

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver)

  The  summer after my mom died ten year ago, I discovered a cache of letters, poems, and old photos I had never seen before, many of which dated back to her high school and college years. It was disconcerting, to say the least, to discover that my mother–my mother!–had once been as immature and …

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For All Souls Day, some flatlay collages and family photos in loving and grateful remembrance of my beloved family and friends now home with God, especially my grandparents, my Uncle Al (who died in January), and my amazing, wonderful parents.  Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May …

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TRIGGER ALERT I once, years ago, had a terrible experience with EMDR. It is powerful stuff. I had a therapist who was harsh and pushy and obviously not well-trained in the techniques for using EMDR in therapy. I don’t remember much of the abuse, or the rape. I was so traumatized that my memories remain …

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my favorite little things

January 15, 2014



These are some of my favorite little things!

Fiona a a newborn puppy

Fiona a a newborn puppy

Mom and me (age 4) pickniking at Minnehaha Falls

Mom and me (age 4 ) on a picnic at Minnehaha Falls

My dad's WWII memorabilia

My dad’s WWII memorabilia

10th wedding anniversary flowers from George

10th wedding anniversary flowers from George

Hot coffee on a cold January afternoon!

Hot coffee on a cold January afternoon!

The stark beauty of Lake Superior in winter

The stark beauty of Lake Superior in winter

New books--Xmas gift from George

New books–Xmas gift from George

Fiona dozing on a winter afternoon

Fiona dozing on a winter afternoon

Four generations of Resch kids at the family reunion

Four generations of Resch kids at the family reunion

Daddy and me (1 year) "sledding" in the backyard

Daddy and me (1 year) “sledding” in the backyard

Party at Camp da Sabas

Party at Camp da Sabas

twins game with my nieces

twins game with my nieces

Meeting my new cousin Elissa

Meeting my new cousin Elissa

Dinner with Tom and Kristine

Dinner with Tom and Kristine

Fiona taking time to sniff the flowers...

Fiona taking time to sniff the flowers…

Memories of my mom and dad

Memories of my mom and dad

George and me on a Sunday afternoon at Kieran's

George and me on a Sunday afternoon at Kieran’s

Impossible to believe. I’ve lived without my father for two decades, despite all of my wondering on the day he died how I could last a day without him. A testimony to the resilience of the human spirit, I guess. And to the importance of cherishing our memories of those we have lost, in the …

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 We all reach times when we suddenly feel that we have more to bear than we can handle. Thank goodness I’ve lived long enough to know this is fact, because for many years, I thought I was all alone, that I was the only one who ever felt inadequate, or selfish, or so overwhelmed that …

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