Monthly Archives: January 2015

Self-kindness

At work recently, my former team asked me to help with a large project they were working on. I said yes, even though it would be a fairly substantial time commitment on my part, because the work was fascinating, in … Continue reading

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Raahi the voyager

A recent post on Glow in the Woods – in fact, as of right now it’s still the main, home page post – touches on a topic that is near to my heart: what to name a child you know (or … Continue reading

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The last first

This is the last week. The last week of firsts, culminating in the very last first: the first anniversary of Ander’s death. Anderson died on Saturday, January 31st at approximately 10:30 p.m. We celebrated his birthday, but I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Birth and death

Today, I got an invitation to a baby’s first birthday party. The party is on the first anniversary of my son’s death. I can’t bring myself to go, and I plan to tell the mother why. The mother who sent … Continue reading

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When you hear your neighbor’s new baby cry for the first time

Background: We live on the third floor of a three-story building. There is a condo unit on each floor. On the first floor live our lovely neighbors S and N, who are our age. They (and our second floor neighbors, who … Continue reading

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A reminder for today

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – words of wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr. I have faith that the next time will be different (at least, … Continue reading

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“Death does not have the last word”

I’ll admit, I’m cheating today. In the midst of my prayer posting last week, one of the pastors at my church (United Church of Christ) sent around this email. I thought it resonant, though it may be a little too … Continue reading

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