Category Archives: Dying

Thread of Life

From one end to the other, a single continuous strand. Deliciously delicate. Colorful and bright. Our job is to see it through without breaking it. At times, a breeze to follow, the pattern recognizable and clear. At others, an indecipherable tangle, … Continue reading

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Wood Worthy Wanderings

As a result of the Powwow, and all the good things that I have been trying to do for myself, this week my energy has begun to return in a more sustainable way for the first time since mom’s passing. … Continue reading

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Honor Song

At the Natick Praying Indians Annual Harvest Moon Powwow, there was a special honor song in memory of another mother, her son, and my mother. Knowing there were only five of us completing the first path around the sacred circle … Continue reading

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Lift Off to Re-entry

As the plane relinquished it’s contact with land, grief surrendered my body. Breathing the knowing that the physical evidence of death was far below on the ground created space to consider things from a less encumbered perspective. The pain filled … Continue reading

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The First Thirty Days

Today is August 28, 2012. Exactly thirty days have passed along with my mother. The last of the thank you notes beg for stamps on the dining room table. Four green garbage bags revealing nothing, but containing the cozy clothes … Continue reading

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As The Page Turns ….

When I began the incredible journey of middlescapes – A blog about caregiving a frail elder, life in the middle years, the search for one’s inner athlete, and baking as a path to enlightenment, my goal was simple. To have a witnessed place … Continue reading

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Frosting on a Grief Layer Cake – Molly 5/08/96 – 8/11/12

It may be easy to misinterpret the intention behind my wanting to share intimate images of dying, death, and grief. So let me be clear. I do not share these images to titillate, sensationalize, or create emotional disturbance in companions … Continue reading

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