Digging for the Light Manuscript & Excerpts

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What can we do when we are buried alive with grief and suffering? Dig for the Light. The author’s deepest, darkest living hell began: Seven years after her first child died unexpectedly; six years after the first miscarriage; three-and-a-half years after the second miscarriage; thirteen months after a psychiatric hospitalization for severe depression; six weeks before her third living child …

Happy on a Hillside

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Happy Happens on a Hillside       On one of our recent errands, my son pointed out this smiling hillside.     Someone had mowed it into a long sweeping hillside, one that looks like the perfect winter sledding track. Do you see it, the mouth running along the gate? The one eye just above it? It was such …

Great Balls of Fun!

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Happy happens in the pharmacy I was rushing through the drugstore when this tower caught my eye. I had an image of children tossing and catching these giant bouncy balls on a beach. And a smile crossed my face. In my usual rush, I hurried past and on out to the car, where I paused. Those balls gave me a moment of …

Every Day a New Story Begins, Part I, Sudden Death

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“Every day a new story does begin, doesn’t it?” The shop owner said as he rung up my purchase. “Sometimes it doesn’t even take a day,” I replied. “Every second a new story begins.” I learned this lesson twenty-two years ago. In the labor and delivery room. When I saw the fleeting look of panic in the nurse’s eyes. When …

Waves of Bliss

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We spent last week in a blissful state by the shore. Gentle breezes, mid-to-upper-80s, family, friends, seafood, surf… All play and no work makes Jill a happy girl. We all need a day (or two or seven) now and again to recharge our bodies, our lust for life, our creativity… The time away was one of the few vacations where …

My Daughter’s Boyfriend Has a Controlling Family

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My daughter is involved in a controlling relationship with her boyfriend’s family. And sometimes it really bothers me. Like now. Like when they secretly met with her during our family vacation. Yeah. Honestly, though, it’s not quite as surreptitious as that makes it sound, but it’s bad enough. In the winter we told our daughter she could bring a friend …

Thankfully, Life Isn’t Static

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Across the road from where I sit, the street light flickers on and off, as it has been since our arrival three days ago. “Dumbledore’s there,” I joked, “watching over us.” I am at the beach. On vacation. With family and some close friends. On Thursday, my friend and I treated ourselves to manicures and pedicures before beginning the process …

Talking About Sex, Teens, Bedrooms (and Raising Sexual Beings)

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My college kid’s girlfriend recently came to visit. “That’s fine,” I said, “We’d love to meet her.” “But there’s one stipulation: You can’t share a bedroom.” Now, I’m not naïve. I know many young adults have sex, and these two will soon be twenty-one. Hey, I was once young myself. But I have two teenagers still at home. And one …