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Widows: Alone in a Crowd

As most of you know, I am currently putting the finishing touches on my book, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows, in which I recount snippets of my own struggle, as well as the experiences of others and the observations of the “experts.” Today, I would like to ask for…

 

Travel Tip #12. Check Credit Cards & ID

Travel Tip #12. Check the expiration dates on your credit cards, debit cards and passport. Copy the numbers in case of loss. We have all had those scares while traveling, when we lost or misplaced our credit cards or identification. More than once I have had to retrieve a card…

 

Adapting Sri Lankan Cooking Methods

As a widow, cooking for one, I have surprised myself in resorting to techniques I learned in Sri Lanka. In late December 2005, one year after Sri Lanka was struck by a tsunami, I went with a small construction team from my church to help build a new village for…

 

Bouncing Back From Adversity

As I read about grief recovery, I continually see references to resilience: The ability to bounce back from adversity, loss, trauma. Resilience–or lack thereof–plays a huge role in happiness and depression. As Dominque Browning wrote in a New York Times article, “I’m Too Old for This”: “The key to life is resilience,…

 

Travel Tip #13. Tip Generously

Travel Tip #13. Carry lots of one- and five-dollar bills for tips. As a rule, tip 20 percent in the U.S. How much to tip? And whom to tip? Almost every new widow I know struggles with that question…another one of the tasks our husbands used to perform. Among those…

 

Living Life in Gratitude Mode

If I have learned anything as a widow, it is the importance of living life in gratitude mode—being thankful for all that was and is and is to come. Generosity flows from a grateful heart. My mother-in-law and my husband were the two most generous people I have ever known….