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The insecurities are very strong,
The thoughts and memories keep coming along.
I try to see this as a fresh start,
But I can't seem to convey that to my heart.
I do my best to think it's not the same,
But I will always feel like I am to blame.
I should have done things differently somehow,
I live so scared and always worrying now.
I don't...


The holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Many bereaved have difficulty understanding and managing their grieving process. This may be because the holidays are a reminder of the people who should be at the holiday table, but are not. Their absence remains, even as the years pass. This rings true particularly if your loved one died during this season, or if this is...


I wouldnt ever believe where I am today

I wont look back n live in yesterday

There is a path we choose

whether we win or loose

remember the choice is up to you

as I get older and realize what's true

is that no one or nothing would know what to do

i have climbed mountains, I've conquered fears

chasing after dreams as wiping away the tears



What Can I say about a man so great

for all I saw and all I ate

katz's deli and momma Mia's too

this is one of the reasons 

why I love you

More than a grandpa, a father figure too

you taught me so much about life and what not to do

you fixed my mistakes as well as teaching me 

How to lose a battle , but win the war that's true



It is my turn to focus on me

to be the person I want to be

I've been through battles 

I've won the war 

Thats what is important

and so much more

Ive received my degree

life, opportunities and the life I know

Is one I always had to learn and grow

i am proud of who I've become

I am proud for pursuing my dreams

and making...


I don't really know if everyone wrests (tortures themselves) with the puzzlement of Heaven versus hell but I know I have thought long about this disparity....


To my Dear Friend

Times are hard, n life can be ruff
Just remember do not value stuff
That's all we have n need no more
For life's biggest gift is health for sure
I often wonder how this can be
More important than anyone but me
Always value your self and others
Just likes it is your sisters and brothers
We all need love and forget the hate


As The Holidays approach, I find myself reflecting on the past four and a half years without my son Brayden. What follows is mostly a brain dump to help me come to terms with my thoughts, but hopefully, by sharing my raw thoughts and feelings, you may find similarities and know you aren’t alone.

My Son Brayden died on February 29, 2012 during the night at the age of 5. He had apparently...


I wake up every morning

And Hug your mother tight

Wishing I had dreamt of you

While I slept through the night


I know the day is beckoning

I’ve so much work ahead

But I just want to hold your mom



As the wind picks up your ashes

And they fly throughout the air



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