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November 18, 2019
A Voice and A Choice

Tricia, this weekend we will be spending time with a ten-year-old boy whose mom died recently.  What cues do you have for me for interacting with a heartbroken boy?  Our time together is probably meant to be a fun distraction, NOT a heart-to-heart conversation moment, but I am just curious what sort of support was […]

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May 21, 2019
Springtime Snow and Sad Days

Yep. It snowed. Quite a bit, actually. Summer break starts on Friday, the community pools open on Monday, and we are in several inches of snow in Colorado.  It's all Facebook can talk about.  We are a whole city irritated. The tree limbs all look so defeated today.  All bent over, hanging low, burdened. No, […]

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August 30, 2017
The Worst Parts and the Retelling

"Remember when you went camping and it rained the whole time and you were soaking wet and the car got a flat tire and the raccoons got into your food? (Insert a similar story here.) When you tell that story years later at a dinner party, you tell it with a smile on your face, […]

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January 26, 2016
A Few Things I Know About Suffering

I hate it when people think they know everything.  Or even when someone has an inflated sense of what they know about any one thing.  But someone said to me recently, "I wish you would tell us more of what you know.  Because you do. You know." And so here they are, a few things I […]

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September 5, 2015
How To Talk To Your Children About Grief, Loss, and Death

My husband died when my children were three and five years old. I realize that’s a sudden and abrupt way to start, but it happened to us very suddenly and abruptly, and I’ve rarely found a way to ease into that introduction. Death came to our home in only twelve hours. Emergency room doctors diagnosed […]

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July 21, 2015
My Favorite Picture Book About Grief and Loss

So there's these couple of donkeys, Squire and Daniel.  I love these little guys. Squire and Daniel are the best of buddies, and they enjoy their sweet little donkey life together until one day when Daniel gets taken away. We don't know where he goes, or who takes him, or why he must leave, but […]

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June 24, 2015
Some Things Do Not Stop Being

The subject of this blog post asked that I take it down based on the personal backlash he has received.  I have chosen to edit the post accordingly, since he had no idea what he was stepping into. What a weird and terrible day for my heart.  Many of you watched it unfold on the interwebs. Throngs […]

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June 4, 2015
4 Ways To Help Someone in Crisis

I’m not particularly qualified by profession or education to offer counseling or therapy, wisdom or advice. I don’t have a doctorate or a master’s degree, I’m not a theologian or philosopher, and I can’t talk about the economy or politics or the universe. I will say, though, it is widely known in my small circle […]

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November 19, 2014
Trust Does Not Come Quickly

Sometimes I picture myself standing on a tree stump just big enough for my two feet. In my mental image, the stump is surrounded by danger or things I’m afraid of – like I’m in the middle of a pit of snakes or a river of bubbling lava. I’m safe on the tree stump, but […]

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January 16, 2014
Somehow I Didn't Punch Him In the Neck

So, remember when I was all lit about about the book When We Were on Fire? And I invited all of you to read it and join me for a giant book club discussion over lattes and scones at the world's biggest Starbucks which might just be in my imagination and an ethereal dream? I'm […]

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July 14, 2013
Not into my July

July, I have tried to pretend you don't matter to me. I've made little mention of any of your significance to me. I just wanted to slip through this month, fly under the radar, perhaps pay little attention to the dates and memories and forevers wrapped up in this seventh month of the year. Yesterday, […]

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March 23, 2013
You Let Me Impose

"SHE DIED ON a Monday during spring break of our senior year. After her funeral, I immediately went back to school because she had begged me to do so. It was the beginning of a new quarter. In most of my classes, we were asked to introduce ourselves and say what we had done over […]

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