Healing and the Two Sides of Love

Annah Elizabeth Healing and the Two Sides of, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health 2 Comments

The esteemed Glennon Doyle Melton signs off most of her posts with “Love Wins.” I’ve read a few of her essays on the subject matter and I’m sure there are many more I haven’t read. It’s a pithy little mantra that has recently come into focus on an entirely new level for me. It first surfaced when a person with …

Field of Dreams

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  Journeyer, do you know that feeling you get when you are able to something that brings another person joy? The warmth that envelops you and the smile that practically makes your jaws ache? On Thursday, Warren and I were a part of something so simple, and yet, something so profound for another young couple. You know that rehabbed house …

HOLY MATRIMONY!

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  Holy cow! Holy cold! Holy hail! Holy hell! Holy shit! HOLY MATRIMONY! I am tired, Journeyers. Tired of revisiting the Same. Old. Arguments. Tired of fighting…to be heard…understood…validated… Tired of fighting to end the madnesses that are the foundations for relationship strife… Tired of fighting for all of us, my family, especially when I often feel like I’m the …

On Martin Luther King, My Mother, and Killing Them with Kindness

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  Journeyers, I’ve just learned of She Writes’ request for entries to their Three Minus One essay contest. The call for stories involving child loss is definitely in my wheelhouse and today I’m hard at work preparing an entry worthy of the topic. As I write, millions of Americans continue their commemorative celebration of Martin Luther King’s “I have a …

A Mother’s Love Gone Wrong

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Journeyers, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Family in the hospital. Family coming and going. Skeletons leaping from closets. Gatherings and celebrations have collided with worry and heartache and painful memories. The flurry of activity kept me from writing yesterday. The emotional drain of last night’s and the previous evening’s events leaves me exhausted. Limbs seemingly drained of life. …

Peace, Love, Joy, and Chute Happen

Annah Elizabeth Confidence, Courage, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health 2 Comments

The northeast heat wave has been oppressive this past week. But it’s been a beautiful week, nonetheless, because we’ve been on vacation. No business. No mail to collate, cats to feed, plants to water, dog to walk, or phones to answer… Why do we DO that anyway, run to grab the tele, just because it rings?! No hospital visits or …

Honoring and Holding Space for All Those Left Behind

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  On Sunday I attended a simple ceremony for a sixty-something-year-old man who had given up on life years before his body did.   He wasn’t a veteran, but one of the young men in attendance has been newly inducted into the Marines and may soon be deployed.   As I stared at the countless flags dotting the landscape on …

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 …

On Love and Hate

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As a child–heck, even as an adult–I have felt others’ pain. I have never liked mean-spiritedness. Jokes created at the expense of others (gay, religious, academia, mental…) have always brought sadness and frustration to my heart. We are one people. We are human. And though we were created as one existence, we were not created equal, for had we been, …