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In death nobody wins only pain and sadness is left in the living. only regret and remorse for the things left undone or never touched upon.  I am broken so full of sadness that not even on a good day full of laughter am I complete. I grieve the death of my brother and I also grieve the death of my sons mother that is no longer complete that even though I try to be100%, I am not and...


Today They Set The Stone.

Losing BarryBear has been the hardest thing in my life thus far that I've had to face. This time last year we were planning our only vacation alone and our "honeymoon...


I panicked when I first realized I don’t have your voice recorded anywhere: no voicemail, no video clip with sound.  A few seconds only of a soundless video clip when I was testing my new camera is the only "live" evidence left...I am so afraid I will forget the sound of your voice.

So I went through all the emails exchanged between us in our 22 months together.  It...


Why is it when someone you love dies that you replay years worth of memories in your head in a few hours remembering every word, every look, every emotion you felt and witnessed and yet you crave new memories that are no longer possible. You ring their phone just to hear their voicemail kick in and you crave to still speak to them -the phone rings and you think it may be them but it is not...


The sun, it did shine
the day you came into my life
and everything that was wrong
became all right
everything that was upside down
turned around

And I smiled because finally
my heart had found its home
and I didn’t need anyone to tell me...




August is such an emotional month for me...I go from being happy to sad to depressed in such rapid succession that it scares some people. See, 3 years ago, I was pregnant with my youngest son. He wasn't due until September and I was living in North Carolina at the time. My family was in Virginia. I received word from my mother that my father's cancer had come back and it had progressed rapidly...


Last October my husband’s aorta split like a garden hose. If something wasn’t done he would bleed to death. He had three emergency operations and the third left him with paralyzed legs. Thanks to physical therapy, he can stand for a minute and a half, and his right leg works. But his legs can’t support him and my husband will never walk again.

His life is different, my life is different...


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