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Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief

Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief

Coping with grief during the holidays

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How to anticipate and relieve holiday stress

Halloween has barely come and gone, if that long, before magazine articles, television programs , retail advertisements, and radio music  tell us that this is "the most wonderful time of the year."  That is until the extra work of shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, planning and entertaining makes it the least wonderful time. While we  welcome … Continue reading How to anticipate and relieve holiday stress

Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Magazine articles, television programs and music playlists tell us that this is "the most wonderful time of the year."  That is until the extra work of shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, planning and entertaining makes it the least wonderful time. While most of us welcome the chance to celebrate with family and friends, sometimes those encounters … Continue reading Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Two  Words That  Changed My Life

Two Words That Changed My Life

Dear Readers, Today is my wedding anniversary so I am posting this story again. It is special to me so I want to share it with you today. Thanks for being here today and every day you visit. I appreciate your time and attention to my musings.    TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE By Aletha … Continue reading Two Words That Changed My Life

Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

  Robert Browning, poet "Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period."   Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

  Last year I entered a contest- and promptly forgot all about it. I remembered it when I learned who had won- it wasn’t me. Not even second place. But that’s ok. Real Simple magazine sponsors an annual “Life Lessons” writing contest. The assignment is to write about “What single decision changed your life?” I … Continue reading TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

7 health habits we need more of in 2016

7 health habits we need more of in 2016

I’ve read articles, blog posts, and social media messages suggesting that we have too much stuff and that our lives would be better with less stuff. This philosophy goes by different names- decluttering, simplifying, minimalism, and it promises a life with less stress, more peace, and more time to enjoy activities that give us pleasure … Continue reading 7 health habits we need more of in 2016

Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief

      Although this season brings  fun and festivities, many of our friends  find it hard to feel joyful when their hearts are heavy with grief. Whether from a  recent loss, or  one many years ago, grieving for the loved ones who won't be here to celebrate with us can dampen our holiday spirit and  lead … Continue reading Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief

sharing grief, love and memories at the beach in Cancun, Mexico- Tuesday Travels

My husband and I had travelled to Mexico on mission trips but never for a vacation until last year. Our friends, who I will call George and Emma, own a time share in Cancun and graciously invited us to share it with them on their annual visit. They purchased it many years ago, and celebrated … Continue reading sharing grief, love and memories at the beach in Cancun, Mexico- Tuesday Travels