Posts Tagged ‘Jay’

How I’m Learning to Accept My Brother’s Prison Sentence

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As my brother’s family moves on without him, we have to accept our new normal.

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Getting Through Right Now

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I’m not borrowing sorrow from the future or dwelling on the past, but being in this moment isn’t so hot, either. Right now is hard and sad.

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Gratitude on The Darkest Days

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Today, the scary unknown will give way to the new normal. With it, I am losing the hope of some unknown miracle that might make everything OK. Gratitude is the only way I know to face today.

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The Last Christmas

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Do not wish for sun, for this may be the last snow. Do not wish for spring, for this may be the last winter. Spring will come soon enough, But this could be the last Christmas. I typed those lines as we drove from Bettendorf to Grundy Center last weekend, from my father’s house to […]

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When in Doubt, Love Harder

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Last week was emotionally rough. Really rough. It started out with hot beignets and a long walk around New Orleans’ French Quarter. It ended with a Thanksgiving spent with friends who generously invited us to share in their family celebration. But in between those highlights was news from home that was heart shattering. My brother […]

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