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Coping Skills

The Stone In My Pocket

I carry a stone in my pocket.

It’s a small stone given to me by a speaker at this year’s Blueridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference near Asheville, NC. As 500 aspiring writers sat in the darkened auditorium, we were reminded of David who walked up...


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Find Your Rock in the Sun

One of the first blogs I posted was titled "Butterflies, Turtles, God-Winks, and Hope." And in the article was a picture of “T,” our turtle. A while back, Lori saw a post on Facebook that read, “Expect Good Things,” with a small picture of...


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Sunday’s Coming!



Even if you don’t believe the historical and spiritual narrative, Good Friday is a day of solemn remembrance for everyone. It gives us pause to think about someone so thoroughly committed in his desire to save others, he laid down his own life. And...


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I Miss the Sun

I Miss the Sun

I tore a hole in the Carhartt’s he left behind when I grazed them with a new aggressive blade in my chainsaw. And the catch on the Buck knife he carried the day he died...


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Randy’s Way

The large conversion van pulled into its designated spot beside the church. Two women got out and in synchronized movements, they opened the large side doors and helped Randy’s specialized...


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The Velveteen Rabbit


Where is thy sting, O Death!
Grave! where thy victory?
The clod may sleep in dust beneath,
The spirit will be free!


Both Man and Time have power
O'er suffering, dying men;
But Death arrives, and in that hour
The soul is freed again.


'Tis comforting to think,
When sufferings tire...


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The New Normal Is Kicking My Butt



As a Psychologist, it amazes me how new the topic of grief is in the research. After all, we’ve been dying for a long time. Across the literature scientists indicate that acceptance of death is an important task in normalizing grief. A big problem with that is that we don’t even know what death is until we experience it up close and personal.

Until it's personal, we don't experience death, despite it being all around us. Remember...