Thanks. Giving.

Roasted Turkey. Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Green Bean Casserole. Cranberries. Do these all sound familiar to you? Thanksgiving – a day steeped in history and tradition. The history has been modified, glamorized, and even forgotten over the past 4 centuries, however much of the tradition has remained, as many families and friends gather together… Read More

A Christmas Letter

  I started to write this post on the eve of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and now we are just a day before the celebration of Christmas. A time of reflection and a time of renewal as we look forward to the beginning of a New Year. I have been contemplating writing… Read More

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

Grieving with Grace and Letting Hope in

It has been five weeks since my last post, which is unusual for me. I try to keep up with my posts every two to three weeks, but the days of the weeks, and the dates on the calendar, have been a bit of a blur this past month. Tomorrow it will be one month… 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

Death & Dying with Grace(e)

The week before Christmas, our younger dog, Gracee (the white and brown one above), had an upset stomach a couple of times. For those of you who are dog owners, it is not unusual for a dog to get an upset stomach once in awhile, so we did not think too much of it. Then… 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

The Spirit of ’76

Last evening, I had the honor of being a presenter at my 40th high school class reunion. The attendance was phenomenal for our small graduating class from 1976. The energy filled the event room as soon as people starting coming through the door as they recognized old friends and classmates. I joked during my presentation… 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

Let’s Go Crazy

The picture above is me reading the lyrics to “Let’s Go Crazy” as a tribute to Prince during  a fundraiser I was hosting on Thursday evening. It had been exactly one week prior, when I was setting up another fundraiser for my community, that I heard the news… Prince had died. As a Minnesotan, I was… Read More