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A parent's worst nightmare - the death of a child. But, there is hope in the darkness, there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. There is a God who loves us through our circumstances and walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. God can bring good out of any...


After my father took his life five years ago, I was completely devastated and broken. I cried rivers of tears until my eyes were so swollen that I could barely open them. For a few days following...



My Love for you holds vigil

Honoring you within, and  without,

forever missing you, forever altered

forever changed, yet remain unbroken


As long as our Love for you...


It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a blog as it’s been hard to figure out what to really write about. We, and when I say “we” I am talking about Ed and I, started this blog to keep everyone up to date on his battle with sarcoma. That was the purpose. Well, as we all know, his battle is over. So do I end the blog especially since it’s no longer “we”? Or how does it evolve and serve a...


My father passed away a couple years ago.  My uncle one month before him.  Another uncle a month after.  I went to three funerals in the span of three months all at the same funeral home.  I'm fairly certain the funeral home was getting suspicious of the ladies in our family.  Had any of the men who passed away been rich, there would have been some arrests.  If it...


As an actor, screenwriter and all around movie fan I was drawn to the film GRAVITY by the promise of seeing another wonderful performance by one of my favorite actresses Sandra Bullock, and what appeared to be, at least from the coming attractions, another visually stunning film by director Alfonso Cuarón. Both of those promises did not fail to be fulfilled. But what I did not know, and did...


I was a woman like many others; focused on my five children and family, living a quiet life on Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington. And then, in August 2004, our lives changed. That night, eight teenagers piled into an SUV and took a midnight joyride. My 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, was killed.


The thought of losing a child--if “losing” is the correct verb--had...


On Tuesday, September 17th, I had the privilege of giving a talk to a book group. Whenever I do a talk, I try not to spend time worrying about what to say.  I am fully aware that I can only present what I believe to be true and hope that it inspires conversation.

I was incredibly fortunate that this group not only listened attentively but also became very engaged in...


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