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Forgiving our Parents

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.” -Mark Twain (more…)

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Mother in Law

Suocera

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“Volevo fare qualcosa di carino, così ho comprato una sedia a mia suocera. Adesso però non vogliono farmi inserire la spina…” -Henny Youngman. (more…)

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Mother in Law

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“I wanted to do something nice so I bought my mother in law a chair. Now they won’t let me plug it in…” – Henny Youngman. (more…)

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Response to What is Happiness Article from Manuela in Ireland

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Thank you from Manuela in Ireland for your response to the article, What is Happiness. “Helena, We rush though our life’s and don’t recognise actually what makes us really happy. ..I loved your blog…I am 56, mother of a cat, I always wanted 4 red headed girls with curly hair…it never happened…I love my life!” […]

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Thankfulness and Gratitude

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Several years ago, I read a book, “One Thousand Gifts,” written by Ann Voskamp. What the author was essentially saying was to acknowledge and give thanks for whatever was going on in your life. Big or small. It blew me away, the simplicity of the meaning and why we should all be doing it. I […]

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Found Journal

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The other day I was cleaning out one of my junk drawers (I actually have several junk drawers in my bedroom closet – no lie!) and found a treasure. I found the journal that my mother had written for me. I had forgotten about it, so you could imagine my face when I saw it. […]

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What is Happiness

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Purely an opinion, my opinion, on what makes us happy. Us meaning GreyFeathers… Us who are around 40-60 years old. Obviously, I don’t live with any of you. I don’t know where your daily ‘happy meter’ is set. I’m sure it changes from day to day or week to week, dare I say year to […]

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Did You Ever Notice

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Why is it, when someone close to you is dying, people around them become ugly and nasty? Why? I noticed it with my own parents, with my grandmother, and with other loved ones. Why are we all so screwed up? Everyone’s feelings get hurt. Our expectations of the caregivers are never quite met. Heck, both […]

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Mom and Dad

Couldn’t Make This Up

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“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you […]

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Mom and Dad

My Dad

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My dad grew up in the City of Brotherly Love. Super intelligent, man of few words, and big-time lacking common sense. Great athlete, he enjoyed reading science fiction, and writing. You knew he was from Philadelphia by the way he said water – “wooder.” You can take the man out of Philly, but you can’t […]

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