The Speech

The Speech

I’ve never been great at being in front of an audience. As a child, I was in various extracurricular activities (e.g. dance, choir) that required me to be in front of an audience. While I liked the practices, I hated the performances. I always requested to be in the...
Water for Charlie

Water for Charlie

The high cliffs, rocky foothills, and desert plants make for a beautiful, yet treacherous landscape for the families living in the Northern Amhara region of Ethiopia. Our long days in a caravan of SUVs during our last trip to Ethiopia made me truly understand the...
Sunshine in My Pocket

Sunshine in My Pocket

When you lose someone you love dearly, what remains, is their memories.  Sometimes I find that in moments throughout the day, I will almost zone out when something triggers a memory of Charlie.  Watching Ellie play on the swing set outside, I think of the weekend...
Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

A few weeks ago a sweet neighbor of mine sent me this picture of Charlie. The picture was taken by her husband on our first Christmas in the our neighborhood. I don’t even remember the picture being taken, but I do remember the context. We had been invited to dinner...
It’s Not the Holidays …

It’s Not the Holidays …

I have been in some deep grief over the past few weeks. As is typical for me, I have memories of Charlie or moments of sadness that “pop up” at inopportune times and, instead of allowing myself to stop and feel them, I push them back in my grief box. After awhile,...
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