Love Whispers

My rusty, outdated Ford LTD sedan cruised down the narrow Delaware County, Pennsylvania roadway at a steady 50 miles per hour. Dilapidated, whitewashed wooden horse fences protected the pristine pastures from the crumbling asphalt shoulders—their bleached outlines whizzing past my peripheral vision like frames in an old 35-millimeter home movie. David, a third-year law student,…

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Filling the Cracks

Filling the Cracks

Kintsugi is an ancient technique to repair ceramics. This art form evolved from the dissatisfaction of a Japanese military commander with the restoration of his valued tea bowl. Sent to China, they applied metal staples to hold the pieces together. The Shogun sent the object home where Japanese craftsmen devised a more aesthetic method. They…

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The Blue Ornament

The Blue Ornament

David, I know you are watching. Please be with me during my surgery and help me not to be scared. My half-opened eyes nervously squinted back in the mirror. That morning in the pre-dawn chill of my bathroom I felt an intense desire to talk with my late husband.  Perhaps David could hold my hand…

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Olivia’s House

Olivia’s House

What a pretty girl’s name for a very beautiful place. I was invited by the Founder and Bereavement Specialist, Leslie Delp, to visit her premier freestanding, independent grief and loss center in early December. Usually when I go on a discovery adventure I do some preliminary research so that I can ask meaningful questions and…

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A Holiday Wish

A Holiday Wish

Two years ago my four-year-old grandson took his turn sitting on Santa’s lap during his pre-school’s holiday breakfast. It was his chance to have a one-on-one discussion about Christmas gifts with the featured celebrity. “What is your wish from Santa young man?” asked the red clad figure in a deep voice. “Oh Santa,” Max thoughtfully…

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Wings and Feet

Wings and Feet

I have a “wings” event coming up soon—my 62nd birthday. It won’t be like my 60th party where I took it over the top with tiaras and jewels.  Mimicking the event across the pond when the Queen of England celebrated her six decades on the throne, I wore a jeweled headpiece and female guest were…

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Oh Canada! Eh?

Oh Canada! Eh?

I have not traveled internationally for quite awhile and I quickly found out how much things had changed. As a young girl, I first left the United States with my parents and three sisters on several vacations across the pond in the 1960’s. While there were some moments akin to Chevy Chase’s European Vacation, for…

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Camp Widow Canada 2014

Camp Widow Canada 2014

Kim will be presenting a workshop based on her book “Listen for the Whispers: Coping with Grief and Learning to Live Again” for the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation‘s first international gathering at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel on Saturday September 27, 2014 entitled “There’s No Place Like Home”. (www.sslf.org)

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Poop on the Dunes

Poop on the Dunes

I see what I know. As an adult, I instinctively make connections to previous knowledge when I am introduced to something new. This process somewhat diminishes the impact of its novelty, but it allows me to store the data correctly in the proper file drawer for subsequent retrieval. You see, at this stage in my…

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Don’t Forget to Check Your Dipstick!

Don’t Forget to Check Your Dipstick!

After crouching on a lime-green foam kneeling pad, he pushed with all of his might against the 6’x6’ thick concrete cover. “Wait Dad, let me help you,” I interrupted as I joined him by squatting down near the well cover, planting my feet firmly in the bordering sedum. “Oh, I can do it. Just hold…

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