Henny Hospice – A Poem

Henny Hospice In the midst of our kitchen there squats a chicken named Goldmine for her feathers and yoke, stricken by silent forces within. What am I to learn from this old girl who waits inside closed eyelids for death? Does she know her fate, last breath is near? Blind and weakened, unable to grasp …

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Quotes of Wisdom 42 Strange Thoughts while Grieving

"One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they're crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don't make sense." ~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright 2/6/19  Early this morning I stood at our kitchen sink, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window.  A big …

Another Thing to Expect When Your Mother Dies – A Year Later – Life is But a Breath

A year of my life is history; a year my mother was not here to experience the ups and downs of everyday life, the blooms in her gardens, or the thunder of last week's storms. Breast cancer claimed her for its statistical rollcall in February 2018, three months short of her 75th birthday. The day …

Quotes of Wisdom 38 Healing through Gardening – Midsummer Update

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."  ~Luther Burbank  Gardens have been medicine for my soul for years.  This year the abundance of beauty and cycling blooms in the flower gardens have kept me captivated. In fact, they've held me hostage long into the …

Quotes of Wisdom 36 Healing Through Gardening

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." ~Alfred Austin, English Poet, novelist, dramatist I have dug into the earth with bare hands, day after day convinced my hands would be stained for a …

Quotes of Wisdom 34 Motherhood – Grief and Joy

"With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood." ~Isadora Duncan American dancer, choreographer "Born on May 26, 1877 (some sources say May 27, 1878), in San Francisco, California, Isadora Duncan developed an approach to dance that emphasized naturalistic movement. She was a hit in Europe as a performer to classical music and opened schools that …

Another 5 Things to Expect When Your Mother Dies (11-15) #breastcancer #grief #mom

11. Seven weeks later you'll wander into your mother's guest room looking for something. Sitting in the alcove under the east window are nine plants. Wilted, dropping leaves, forgotten. Drooping with devastating disappointment. The flower gardens, the winter-tough deck plants, they've received your loving care since before your mom died.  But these plants? Your mother placed them …