Life is Grace

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

My parents have been dead a long time. Or not so long. It depends on my mood, how long it seems. My mom died in April 2007, my dad in January 1993. I often wonder what advice they would give me now, about being childless, being disabled and in chronic pain and often frustrated and depressed. Then, by chance, today I came across a quote that spells out what I know in my heart they would both say to me so perfectly, it gave me chills. In fact, I can hear my mom’s voice…

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November 27, 2017

  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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Goodbye May…you’ve been simply lovely, despite the twin evils of fibromyalgia and depression. Tulips, crabapple blossoms, lilacs, lilies of the valley, and peonies galore. Of course Catholics celebrate May as Mary’s month, and for me, May has always been my mom’s month, bittersweet now that she’s gone, since her birthday and Mother’s Day fall so …

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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

Mom at my wedding

Mom at my wedding

 

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
(Elisabeth Kübler-Ross)

 

My Grandma Resch

My Grandma Resch

(Two of the most beautiful women I have ever known, my mom and my grandma. I can still feel their warmth and love envelop me when I look at their pictures. I should ever become so beautiful!)

June 5, 2013

I am so incredibly, amazingly, crabby at the moment. I overdid it with my physical therapy exercises yesterday and am paying the price today. I also, I admit, was (to my surprise) completely emotionally overwhelmed yesterday by the election of Pope Francis. Pope Francis. But I am experiencing a tough letdown today after my elation …

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This week’s Friday five, a tradition over at one of my all-time favorite blogs, RevGalBlogPals. Every Friday, one of the women posts a meme and invites other members to play. So this week, I’m playing!!! Here goes: N.B. The narrative voice here asking the questions, etc., is from the original author, not me! My answers …

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