Another Grief Camp

Another camp. Another group of families who are sharing the rawness of their grief with total strangers. Friday evening always tenuous. Will they show up? Will they stay? Will they engage, or will they walk away? Saturday brings tentativeness, as we gather in our first large circle – the names are spoken out loud and… Read More

Living With Hope

This morning’s energy around our home was feeling totally crazy with our little Hope-puppy, who was flying from room to room, grabbing whatever she could with her mouth. She was ready to play hard and fast,  and it was absolute chaos because she was not listening, in total puppy ADHD mode. I have to admit, I lost… Read More

From Death & Dying to Living a Life With Grace

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about a month ago, I shared that our pup Gracee, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer throughout her lymph nodes. The prognosis was poor from the beginning, when the veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Clinic called me to tell me the biopsy results… approximately four weeks… Read More

Multi-generational Moving Part I

On October 23rd, my son and his bride purchased a beautiful (and extremely large) new home that created a chain of events that will change our family dynamics forever. My husband and I, along with my ninety-two year old mother, have all moved into this home over the past few weeks. Our kids bought this… Read More

Being of Service

  Vietnam Memorial Wall at Eagle’s Healing Nest (7/2016) July has been a month of incredible opportunities for me to see what it truly means to be of service to another. Earlier this month, I was given the great honor to be able to speak with some of America’s greatest – our Veterans. I visited… Read More

A Family in Transition…

For Audio Version: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WVR8P9ks It has now been a year since my mom moved into our home. As I reflect back on the past twelve (12) months, I am amazed at where we are today compared to last year… Last year at the age of 90, my mom was showing signs of depression with deteriorating physical… Read More

The Book of Ruth

For Audio Version, click here: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WrxdKrys My mom and I have had one of those relationships that flits between being very in tune with each other… the best of friends who understand each others’ thoughts, feeling each others’ pain or distress, and one of being oil and water, never mixing fluidly together. How can two people… Read More

The Plague of Grief

For Audio Version Click Here: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/Wc71M3ds When my mom talks about the time my brother died as a baby, she does not remember anyone around to comfort her… no family or friends reaching out, giving her a hug, or sitting quietly beside her with supportive and loving energy. When I mention this to other people,… Read More

Healing the World, One Family at a Time…

Listen to my blog: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WybkNTpQ “The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family”  ~Mother Teresa~ My husband sent me a text with the above picture attached to it.  It honestly brought tears to my eyes as I reflected back on our twenty-three years together as a family… My husband… Read More

Contributing to Your Health

<a href=”http://www.audioacrobat.com/email/EB0LYWV4s” target=”_blank”>Click here to listen…</a> I am of the firm belief that we are born to contribute… our time… our talents… our treasures.  When someone contributes,  it seems that we can improve our health both mentally and physically. As I am in the throes of putting together our Second Annual FUNdraiser for a local Minnesota charity… Read More