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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: Accepting What Is

For just about the entire 34 years since I moved to this town, I’ve dreamed of escaping and living elsewhere, preferably someplace with a diverse cultural scene, a healthy arts community, and above all, less severe winters. By March of … 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: Haiku for Death

Digital collage © 2015, Barbara Berney. All rights reserved. He was. He is not. One negotiates not with the angel of death who waits for no man. Gone in the blink of an eye. May he rest in peace. R.I.P. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Tony Time, Day Five

The big day has arrived. Open house day will be very busy. Dad has slept in and I’ve barely slept after completing some middle-off-the-night baking and preparations. Checking my list, I realize that I forgot about the hot mulled cider. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: The Flame Extinguished

Is there ever really any right thing to say upon hearing the news of a loved one’s death? I cannot begin to imagine what those words might be. When my beloved sister-in-law called me late yesterday morning, I was completely … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Mornings with Dad

At 5:30 in the morning, aside from the petulant creatures whining for food and hissing at one another, the house is at its quietest. Once the coffee maker has stopped its machinations and the cats have eaten and gone off … Continue reading

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