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Be Anxious for Nothing

“… but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Advice given the church at Philippi almost 2,000 years ago resonated with me after…

 

Resources for Those Who Grieve

In writing The Book Proposal for Reclaiming Joy, I must describe the (lack of) competition. I found no book that helped when Lev died six years ago, and when I ask other widows if they read any helpful books, they tend to laugh with a bit of a snort and…

 

Observing International Widows Day

Today, June 23, is International Widows Day. I didn’t know there was such a thing until the Loomba Foundation spotted one of my tweets about widowhood and followed me. Here are the stats furnished by the foundation: There are now over 258 million widows around the world, who between them…

 

Father’s Day–One of Those Markers

Father’s Day is hard to dodge. For weeks in advance we are bombarded with ads for cards and gifts for dad. It’s not as big a day as Mother’s Day–I’ve never understood that–but we will remember our fathers on Father’s Day, whether the memory is good or not. While Father’s…

 

“Summertime & the livin’ is easy…”

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, an invitation to relax in the shade on a porch or under  a tree. And for me, that means it’s time to stock and sip pink wine. Lev and I were introduced to vin de Provence in Aix about 10 years ago. The cafe…

 

What Makes Nantucket Special

Sanctuary: A sacred place, a safe haven. Nantucket. C.S. Lewis wrote a lot about joy—even a book, Surprised by Joy. Another of his books is A Grief Observed, a classic on grief that remains on best-seller lists 54 years after Lewis wrote it. His books were the most helpful material…