Birthday

One year ago today, I sat in a hospital shower willing the warm water to calm what I thought were round ligament pains so I could sleep.  A resident came to check on me at about exactly this time and she told me she saw…

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As we wait

The tsunami is coming. I can see it in the distance on this sweet summer night while the cicadas sing and the mid season flowers bloom. I cannot yet hear the rumble, but the horizon grows a darker, more intense blue. The water before us…

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She Speaks Through Color

It is so hard to be the mommy of a daughter who resides in the after-life. But she speaks with a paint stroke and bold color.  Belly full of hope, I planted flowers with anticipation we would one day do it side by side. Dirty…

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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there lived a fair maiden. Many a storm had she weathered until one day, she stumbled upon a dark haired prince. The two married and began to live happily ever after. It was not long before the fair maiden swelled with…

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Dear Olivia

At Olivia’s memorial, I spoke about a commercial I once saw for GMail, where a father opens an email account for his daughter on the day she’s born and writes to her as she grows up. It’s pretty much guaranteed to make you cry. I…

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Reminder for Memorial Mass

This Tuesday, December 16, 2014 a memorial mass will be said in Olivia’s honor.  The service will be held at Old St. Patrick’s Church (700 W Adams St, Chicago IL). Parking is at the Southeast Corner of Adams and DesPlaines and is free for guests;…

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i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you…

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Memorial Mass

A mass will be said in Olivia’s honor on December 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  Please feel free to join us in this celebration of Olivia’s life if you feel inclined.  We will gladly accept warm thoughts and prayers from afar as well. Old St….

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