Sunday, July 27, 2008

Unbelievable Clematis July 27, 2008

Click on this picture to see the full size unequaled beauty of my clematis today.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Win a copy of A Journey Well Taken: Life After Loss

Beginning August 1st, I will be giving away 2 copies of "A Journey Well Taken: Life After Loss". To enter, simply send me an email with "Enter Me" in the subject line. Your email remains private. Send to

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Welcome Changes Radio Interview Now Live

Today I was interviewed on Welcome Changes Radio by Velma Gallant, also known as "The Queen of Joy," a woman of growth, learning and expansion. Velma is an abundance coach who will help you create your life of joy, passion and freedom. Here is a link to listen to the show on July 22, 2008.>

I feel honored to have been interviewed on her show, and some of her past interviews include Neale Donald Walsch, author of the "Conversations with God" series and Mike Dooley, one of the teachers for the best-selling DVD and book "The Secret." Velma will also be interviewing Joe Vitale, "Mr. Fire," in an upcoming episode, as well as Kurek Ashley, an international entrepreneur and success coach.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"When Does Touch Become Critical" Featured on

I am now a contributing author on This site has a wealth of grief and loss related information from various authors and professionals. Please check it out.>

More Stages of Grief - Memorial Hospital Hospice

This site offers some more good information on the stages of grief. Following the five stages they also list "Grief and Stress" and "Recovering from Grief.">

Stages of Grief - It can be a Messy Process

From my own experience as a widow of four years, not only writing about grief the last several years but talking with others -- often times people don't understand the sometimes messy, non-linear and very individual grief process. There is no set way to do it. However, I've found the best way to "do it" is to take it day by day, sometimes moment by moment. No expectations, no hard and fast rules, just do what works to get yourself through it and into a better place emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

The Kubler-Ross Model defines the stages as follows: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Even Elisabeth Kubler-Ross stated that not everyone always experiences all of these stages nor are they experienced in a clear, linear fashion. Kulber-Ross talked about the above stages in relation to someone who is dying, and also those who have lost a loved one. However, these stages of grief can also be linked to a situation which involves a real or perceived lack of control over one's life.

In the end, it's interesting how we each handle life's "smackdowns".

Inspired Stamping with Sympathy Cards

I found this blog this morning by Annette Rolls, entitled, "How to Express Sympathy in Sympathy Cards. Supporting Others in the Loss of a Loved One." What's interesting about Annette's post, her suggestions are applicable to anyone having suffered the loss of a loved one, whether it is in relation to creating a special sympathy card or helping that person through their loss in daily life. Here is the URL.>

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Difference Between Love and Lust

The difference between love and lust: Love is when you want more than one moment of lust.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

SlideShow Lt. Col. Steven Beck, US Marine Corp. Assistance Officer

"In the book, 'Final Salute,' former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler and photographer Todd Heisler chronicle the experiences of a U.S. Marine Corps casualty assistance officer, Lt. Col. Steven Beck, as he calls on families in Colorado to notify them of a family members' death. Lt. Col. Beck talks about his duties captured in the photos.">

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tribute to our Soldiers, and the Widows

This is a tribute to our soldiers and the war widows. Every time I see this picture, it really hits me. Scroll down to look at the picture of the plane passengers above as a casket below is removed from their plane.>

Dancing all Over the World with Matt

Every time I see this video it makes me smile. It's so simple, a guy going around the world dancing in different places, and sometimes people join him. It's a video of life and joy. Here's Matt's home page.>
Click on the arrow below to play the video.


Friday, July 4, 2008 Interview

The latest interview is now available on Beyond 50 Radio at Talkshoe. Click on the July 2 show to listen. A Journey Well Taken. Show is 30 minutes. Host is Daniel Davis.>

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Websites that Roar - The Price of Love

I was searching grief-related blogs last week and ran across a posting by Roads "Websites that Roar."> and was surprised to find my blog mentioned. Also mentioned is 33 year old Marissa's story as told by her surviving husband, a dying man's journal, a single parent dad's story and Lesson's from Lou, a husband who died from cancer. All blogs mentioned are touching, relevant, differ in their scope, but they are all the same in grief.