The Absence of a Particular Friend

This week, I’m participating in “Stream of Consciousness Sunday”, hosted by Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place. The idea is to type for 5 minutes, a brain dump of sorts, and then to publish without editing the writing at all. It’s been a hell of a week. We had the support and love of so many this […]

Love from Friends on Clara’s First Birthday #loveforclara

This past Monday, July 1, would have been our youngest daughter Clara’s first birthday. She was stillborn at 42 weeks 3 days gestation, and we found out she had died when we went to the hospital to give birth to her. It has been a difficult year for my husband and I, and we have […]

The Best of Friends

I love it when my daughters are the best of friends. There is very little that can brighten my mood like  the sight of them playing and grinning, the sound of their giggles. It doesn’t happen as often as I would like — in fact, it seems that much of their time together is spent […]

Overcoming Anxiety

I have become so very reclusive in the months since Clara died. I have struggled with overcoming anxiety for as long as I can remember, but now it’s a combination of anxiety and depression and fear-of-sobbing-in-public that makes home a safer place to stay. I’m not complaining. I like being at home. I’m comfortable at […]

Nineteen Years, My Valentine

In 1994, I was 14 years old and I had a major crush on the artist for the school newspaper. He was a good friend, sweet and funny and more talented than he realized. He had a girlfriend and I didn’t think he would ever think of me as more than just a buddy to […]

You Say Knit, I Say Purl… A Knitting Friendship

I introduced my best friend Lee to knitting about a month ago. She picked it up fairly quickly, watching YouTube videos when she would get stuck and I wasn’t around to help rescue dropped stitches. We are naturally drawn to completely opposite knitting projects. The two of us are opposites to the end. You would […]

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