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“Just talking to people who understand helped me feel less overwhelmed. The written information made the difference in the middle of the night.”  

~Leah

What’s in your heart?

  A Bible Study?  Based on Heartbroken?  When Jodi from Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, Illinois contacted me about writing a bible study series titled “God Care About Addiction” using Heartbroken – Grief and Hope Inside the Opioid Crisis as an element for the series, I was flabbergasted. I had written the book (along with […]

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Finding Hope

This week I was asked about writing a blog.  It should be an easy gig for me; however, my best writings have been on the fly without much thinking.  So, I picked up a pizza and a 6 pack and decided to give it the old college try.   The first topic was finding hope. […]

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Sunsets

Sunsets are one of life’s best gifts.  Sunsets red on the ocean, peaking around mountains or brilliant on the plains, I love them all. The sunsets from my home in rural Okawville are awesome.   I’ll bet you have seen wonderous ones, too. This sunset is from my office window. For me, sunset is the most […]

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Insights For Christmas

Every day an “Insight of the Day” arrives in my email inbox.  Some days the message is inspirational.  Other days the words make me pause and contemplate my life and what’s important.  The article below did just that.  It made me really think about what matters this Christmas. I share it with you in the […]

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Recognition

November 18th, National Children’s Grief Awareness Day is a special day for me.  One reason it is a special day is that it’s the day I launched my first book, We Lost Her.  We Lost Her told the story of 7 children that lost their mom.  My mom, my family’s intimate story.  In it, I […]

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Remembrance Day

  October 15th is a special day.  It is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed into law that this day we would remember all those little ones lost.  Lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or who died in their first year of life.  Lost to their parents who were ready for […]

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And It’s Law!

Change takes time.  Especially in our laws, it seems.  But it is possible when we work together. As I wrote about seven familys’ stories of the loss of a child to the opioid crisis in the 2019 book Heartbroken – Grief and Hope Inside the Opioid Crisis, I promised the families, and myself, to find […]

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Pet Cemetary

Each summer, my husband, Bill, and I host our grandchildren four and older to a week of fun and time together. We call it Kamp Kindness. We go to special fun places and have camp-like activities – fires, crafts, swimming. And, we focus on being kind to each other. This year, Bill made up a […]

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Say it with Flowers

  This week my sister Annie laid her dear mother-in-law, Bernice, to rest.  At 93, and having been in an Alzheimer’s unit for many years, they rejoiced that she could finally be at peace.  Still, it was sad for the family and friends that loved her. I remember Bernice as a robust woman, full of […]

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Back to Normal?

This week the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks inside or outside. A sign that we are heading back to normal.  The science tells us that the vaccines are highly protective, according to a recently released study on the CDC website.  At 94% effectiveness rate, they protect more than anticipated. […]

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