Another Celebrity Gone

“This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.”- Kobe Bryant   Today we are all still in shock and full of sadness. Yesterday, the world experienced the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, a Gianna’s teammate Alyssa and her parents John andContinue reading “Another Celebrity Gone”

Review: Coco

This blog post contains spoilers about the movie “Coco”.  If you haven’t watched it yet, I would suggest reading this after you have! Covered in Marigolds, bright colors, spirit guides, and family, this film is a great way to educate as well as entertain all ages.  This sweet story tells us about Día de Muertos,Continue reading “Review: Coco”

My Grand Baby Grand

“My mother bought it secondhand from a silent movie star It was out of tune but still I learned to play And with each note we both would smile forgetting who we are And all the pain would simply fly away” Well, my mother did not buy our piano second hand. In fact, it wasContinue reading “My Grand Baby Grand”

Back to School: A Guardian’s Guide to Helping a Grieving Child

As I discussed in my last blog post, my dad died on the fourth day of fourth grade.  I took days four through nine off from school and Monday I was expected to go back. “What? My dad just died. I’m not leaving my mom for 7 hours a day to just go to school.Continue reading “Back to School: A Guardian’s Guide to Helping a Grieving Child”

4th Day of Fourth Grade

In August 2000, I went back to school on August 4th.  It was a Thursday and my dad had been in the hospital for almost 10 months straight. At this point, he had suffered from two heart attacks and multiple organs had started to fail.  My mom and I were guessing his time left onContinue reading “4th Day of Fourth Grade”

The Keepsakes

Throughout our relationships with people, we hold onto little things. A movie stub from seeing a movie you both loved, pictures, or a special birthday card are just some of the small keepsakes we hold onto. When our loved one dies, we tend to put these items all in one place and tuck it away. OurContinue reading “The Keepsakes”

Keeping the Traditions

It’s July, which means for some this is a weird time to talk about traditions.  Normally topics of tradition come up during the Holiday season, but what about the traditions in the other times of the year? Those are traditions we don’t seem to acknowledge during other times of the year are important too. MyContinue reading “Keeping the Traditions”