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“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” ~ John Churton Collins If you are an underclassman (in your first few years) majoring, involuntarily, in Life after the Death of your Child, you may find yourself bewildered at the flight of your friends, at the loss of […]

What I learned from a soldier

What I learned from a soldier… About strength It’s okay to cry… About caring Take your vitamins… Stay away from dark alleys… Watch your back… I love you… About illness I’m so sorry you’re sick… I’m very concerned… Have you been eating right? Taking your vitamins? 

Tightrope Walkers

tight·rope (tītʹrōp´) noun 1. A tightly stretched rope, usually of wire, on which acrobats perform high above the ground. 2. An extremely precarious course or situation.  “I am always at the beginning,” said The Buddha, on being asked what life was like. Hello 2015. Here we are: at the beginning again. Accidental […]

Reggie, my heart therapy

He sees me June 27, 2014. He loves a freshly cut lawn. He does a down-dog-stretch before squeezing through the rectangular flap of a door. Outside. Sniffing a path, he finds a patch of sun and flops onto his side. Lying still for a minute, he soaks up the warmth […]

Quote: Issa, Japanese poet and willower

Quote: Issa

Does Issa speak of longing? His tears? Or continuing, despite the tears? I first read these lines a handful of years ago. When I was too attached. Unwilling to go on without— My beautiful boy. I was unable to save him. The smartest doctors in the world were unable to save him. And then, I couldn’t bring him back. […]

Think of the “Like” button as a “Support” button

"Like" Button

Happy stories, sad stories Happy or funny stories compel people to “Like” and “Share” them. Inspirational, uplifting and amusing stories sometimes go viral. That’s the incredible thing about the internet. It can inform, inspire, entertain, and connect us. But, it is counterintuitive to “Like” mournful stories much less “Share” them. Isolating further […]

Day 30, “S”

Poem #30: “S” In a dream a small boy visited me, golden nimbus around his face, lucent white skin and lustrous eyes, green like the Nile. His features captivated me, but I loved his humor the most. His laughs were musical sounds from another place. He stamped smiles and danced with […]

Day 29, “Deaf”

Sam's poem: "Deaf"

Poem #29: “Deaf” By Sam K. (age 9) Some people say noise hurts their head Some people say they wish they were dead all because it’s oh so loud but I am absolutely wowed for I cannot hear a thing not a single jingle or a ring I cannot think of […]

Day 28, “ABC’s”

Poem #28: “ABC’s” Anomalies & Birthdays Cookies & Dogs Earthly Façade Grieving Heart Ideas & Jokes Killdeers & Life Mammoth Nobody Off-and-on Puffy Questions Rabbits, Sages & Teachers Ultramarine Vanishing Waiting… Xeriscaping Yeti Zen ♥