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Facing Relationships

May 30, 2013 Coffee with a homeless guy

May 31, 2013

Yesterday, Thursday May 30, I arrived downtown Madison to give a presentation to a prestigious law office located on our capital square.  I was early, the sun was shining so I decided to get coffee and sit on a bench outside before going up to the office.

He rounded the corner grinning from ear to ear, a toothless grin that, I’m guessing, made him appear much older than he actually was.

“Ahh, I like your smile, ” he said as he stuck out his hand to shake mine and then proceeded to sit down next to me.

Wow, I Guess This Is Hard

May 23, 2013


As individuals have purchased and read my book, Before You Go, their feedback is almost always the same, “This is so emotional, I can only read a chapter at a time and have to take a break before reading more.”

Their comments make me realize again the enormity of loss and grief hospice workers are exposed to on a daily basis. It is good confirmation that self-care and good work-life balance is a necessity in our roles. For more insight on this hear the interview on WNWC radio.

April 20, 2013 Is Tragedy Necessary for Kindness and Civility?

April 20, 2013

I am inspired by the acts of bravery and kindness demonstrated by those involved with two tragedies this week, Boston bombing and Texas explosion.  Strangers coming to the rescue, helping one another, extending such effort, unselfishly giving their time, money, energy and love.  It is astounding how, without hesitation, this country rallies together to provide whatever necessary to get through a crisis.

April 14, 2013 Family Lexicon

April 14, 2013

I had a conversation with my sister this morning via chat on gmail.  As we talked/typed back and forth.  We used several words or phrases that are unique to our family.  You know... those words and phrases that have developed because of an inside joke and situations that happened throughout the history of your family.

My sister's perfect timing for throwing in some family zingers caused me to laugh out loud sitting at my computer, my husband asked, "what's so funny?"