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I’m Published!

Now that the dust has settled a bit, I can get back to my exciting new– two of my poems were published in Alaska Women Speak literary journal! I’ll post excerpts here. The first is a free verse poem, written before I ever knew how bad off my mom was… Read On

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Dreams Tell The Truth

…well for me anyway. I’ve had so many dreams in the last month that have all had sincere significance or actually come true that it’s almost creepy. The folks at Psychic Horizons school in San Francisco said that everybody has psychic abilities, but like all things the skill needs to… 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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The Physical Side of Grief

Ok, this is the 3rd 4th time I’ve tried to start this post. Writing while watching a Chicago Blackhawks game is a bit distracting, but still. I can’t think of anything cheeky or cool to write about what I’ve experienced in the last 3 weeks. It was tough all the way… 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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Returning Home: That Old Familiar Friend

  Homecoming   This blog post was started in my mind about 3 dozen times. Now that I’m poised at the keyboard at Anchorage Int’l airport, poised to launch myself back to the Big Village that I was raised in, the village called The Windy City, The City of Big… Read On

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Mom vs Alaska

It’s been a packed 5 days in extraordinarily humid & hot Chicago. I’m really glad for the lousy weather, because it reminds me why I no longer live here. Other visits in the past duped me with great weather, and enticed me to move back. Not a chance, this time.… Read On

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