Monthly Archives: May 2013

Before and After

I’m the president of my neighborhood association–which most days doesn’t mean much.  Neighborhood associations, though sanctioned by the City (of Albuquerque), don’t wield much power though the City does like to get input from us in regards to requests for … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Shouldn’t be About Grief

I hung my head out the window to breathe the familiar scent of Hawaii. I don’t know what it is, but even in downtown Honolulu in bumper to bumper traffic, the air smells good, a blend of ocean and green … Continue reading

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The I Am Poem

A few weeks back at the Children’s Grief Center, my co-facilitator and I did an I Am poem exercise.  It’s an easy exercise to do, with a template that includes a list of phrases, starting with I am…  (which repeats) … Continue reading

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Writing or Therapy?

A friend recently shared this article from Creative Nonfiction with me, “Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy: an Inquiry on the Functions of Reflection,” by Tara DaPra. Great read for anyone writing memoir, especially in response to loss (or other trauma): … Continue reading

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