Late Fall

Forever In Our Hearts: Bereavement Cards and Gifts

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Somewhere Between (Emotional) Summer and Winter

When the trees and shrubs burst into fiery bloom, the sky turns a perfect sapphire blue, the breeze is brisk and refreshing, and the peculiar scent of musty crisp leaves and wet earth fill the air, my brain and body thrill with the changing of the seasons and I look forward to family trips and happy memories to the pumpkin farm, hiking, mini golf, and Ren Faire.

But fall can also be a sad time, bringing shorter days, colder weather, and an emptiness of nature at the end of the season once all the leaves fall fallen. Favorite holidays such as Halloween, All Saints Day, Samhain, and Dia de Muertos all strive to remind us of death, the darkness of winter, and to serve as memorial days for deceased loved ones.

As fall draws to a close this November, as…

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Better Living Through Fewer Vitamins

Last school year my (then) first-grade son had the terrible habit of never washing his hands. We threatened, we cajoled, we grounded him, we went over proper hand-washing and the vital importance of it, but all to no avail (he must get his stubborn streak from his dad). And so our family passed around some … Continue reading Better Living Through Fewer Vitamins