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Embracing Slow

I’ve written a lot about injuries on this blog. It seems I’ve been quite prone to them since cancer hit my family in 2009. Our society is pretty fast-paced these days, faster than ever before. Information travels at light-speed along the interwebs, and there are more and more avenues to… Read On

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Grief: 3 years on

When two significant people in your life have death anniversaries 6 weeks apart, odds are pretty good you’ll get emotionally walloped in any given year. Last year was my mom’s one-year death anniversary, so I was pretty wrecked in January 2013. This year, I prepared for mom’s day, and instead… Read On

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Downton Abbey

My mom’s 1 year death anniversary was January 4th. I was hoping it would go quickly, but sure enough, my old familiar friend, the moth-hole ridden, smelly dark overcoat of grief somehow found its’ way onto my shoulders. Through the help of great friends, family, yoga, and a spiritual community… Read On

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My Other New Life: NYR Organic

It took me 6 weeks to write this post, too. I guess I came up against my own judgement wall around the “Mary Kaye” model of business ownership. My entire working career has been in sales, marketing, and customer service. Now, I finally am part of sales & business building… Read On

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The Last Few Weeks…

Well, it’s been a trip, that’s for sure. Losing my mom has been an exercise in rollercoaster riding. The ups & downs have been tremendous. Intellectually, I knew this. But until a person goes through it, sometimes the symptoms aren’t clear until they pass. My apologies, dear readers for not… Read On

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Eulogy for Margarita M. Krupa, 7/16/45 – 1/4/12

If you’d like to view a complete obituary for my mom, please go to the “obituaries” link on http://www.petkusfuneralhomes.com/ and type in “Krupa” in the search field. It didn’t seem right to re-post the obit here, but many people were inspired by my eulogy speech on Sunday, so I thought I’d… Read On

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End of My Day – Dec. 4th, 2011

Better late than never! Finally the other half of my video blog from early December. I filmed myself at the end of the day to show how up & down the days can be here, caretaking for my mom. Now that our “Christmas” is done, with less pressure & more… Read On

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Things We Take For Granted

In this season of giving, I’m unable to give my time or money to charities and community groups like I normally do. Instead, my “group” is my mom; my efforts all for her comfort. When facing someone who’s dying, the gifts I receive far outweigh any measure of comfort I… Read On

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Open Letter to Joe Wright, Director of “Pride And Prejudice” (2005)

Facing a loved one who is dying is not for the feint of heart. Amongst my mom’s physical discomfort, delirium, and fear of death, she has managed to find what comforts her & cling to that. One of these comforts just so happens to be the film Pride and Prejudice,… Read On

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The Beginning of My Day – Dec. 4, 2011

It took me a week to edit this because there is so much going on caretaking for my mom. It doesn’t reflect how I feel today, but once I post the next video, you’ll see how each day can go here. For those of you not in the know, I… Read On

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