Fourteen ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one

Valentine’s Day is often referred to the day of love, expressed with flowers, cards, special dinners and an abundance of red.  The origin is from Western Christianity marked as a day honoring saints named Valentinus.  In modern times, the holiday is a commercial celebration of love extending past romantic couples, celebrated by families and friends as a day of special love and giving.  For the fortunate, the day is met with flowers, chocolates, special dinners, Read More …

Remembering the LIFE not the LOSS this holiday season

Every year as soon as Halloween arrives we are thrown into the holiday season inundated with joyful music, holiday gift lists, delicious foods and family gatherings. It’s truly an exciting time of year as the snow begins to fall in the northern states and many flock to the warm states to embrace their traditions of the holiday season. For some, this year might be plagued with emotional turmoil as your traditions have been derailed by Read More …

Hear with your ears and listen with your heart

After the loss of my husband, I was consistently asked “What can I do to help?”  Such a sincere and thoughtful ask from those around me, but all I could do was just walk in circles.  I could only look around at my house and look down at my 2-year-old daughter, who was barely knee-high; and while there was so much that needed attention, I could not even begin to think of what an outsider Read More …

Being the One and Only Parent

Not much changes in twenty-five years when you are faced with an untimely death of a spouse and forced to raise your children as an only parent. Sheryl Sandberg has recently shared with the media the pain of being an only parent, caring for her children who suddenly lost their father and facing the judgments of society that many of us unfortunately have experienced first-hand a long time ago. Being the one and only parent Read More …

The Ultimate Bucket List – love, life and the bottom of the world

The term “bucket list” is not new; the concept has been around for years. The notion provides an opportunity for individuals to create a list of personal goals they would like to achieve before their death, a wish list of obsessions, activities and adventures to undertake in one’s lifetime before one “kicks the bucket.” For most, a bucket list continues to evolve over time as life offers opportunities, new learning experiences and the desire to Read More …