Category Archives: Grief and Loss

A Day in the Life: Open Spaces

Five months ago, I left behind someone I thought was my best friend of 24+ years for her egregious behavior on a road trip we took where we stayed with my other best friend. She had been growing more critical, … Continue reading

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Taking Stock and Moving On

Early this fall, I went on a road trip with a woman with whom I’d been best friends for 24 years. I felt somewhat apprehensive about going, even considered canceling due to the number of little red flags waving. But … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Troughs and Peaks

There is no undo button in life, but oh, how I wish there were. Raising a child with “issues” is a bit of a lifelong roller coaster ride of heartbreaking troughs and amazing peaks of joy. Unfortunately, after a few … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Forgiving Myself

I don’t know that I actually hated him, but the news of his sudden death from a massive coronary last week elicited nothing more than an enormous sigh of relief. My childhood abuser, the family sociopath, was dead at age … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: The Book Bully

OK, I know it’s Christmas and everything, and Merry Christmas to all, but my email reminded today of another in a series of bullying incidents by an author who totally turned me off to anything connected with him, and who … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Dementia

Digital Collage © Barbara Berney. All rights reserved. At the time I first made my notes for this entry, Flo was living in assisted living. Unfortunately, a month later, she had moved to memory care. More about that visit later. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall

It’s raining today. Fits my mood perfectly. Warning: I’m wallowing. Most days, I’m a pretty happy camper, not much stress, grateful for another day on the planet. Today, however, I’m feeling very blue. I’ll admit it. I’m feeling pretty battered … Continue reading

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