Tag: family

choosing not to have children

Childless By Choice or By Chance

At my book club a week or so ago, we discussed the use of the term “childless.” I say “we” but, actually, I started the discussion. Someone used the term innocently, in a comment, and I admit I ranted a …

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baby sisters

Of Boots, and Bonnets, and Baby Sisters.

I’ve been rhapsodizing over Easter bonnets quite a bit lately, it seems. On this blog and over on Brenda Ray Coffee’s blog 1010 Park Place. Waxing nostalgic over Easter bonnets, new shoes, and other spring finery. It’s a perfect year to …

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aging

Travels with a Ninety Year Old

You know, I’ve learned a lesson this past week, folks, while I’ve been home with my mum. If you want great service everywhere you go, and for everyone you meet to smile at you and try to be helpful. If …

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family

Voices in Our Head

In a recent phone call, my mum told me that when she first wakes in the morning, and is wondering if she has the desire to start her day, or the strength to get out of bed, she hears my …

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family

Keeping in Touch

  We all know the importance of keeping family and friends close. The value of a strong, supportive social network. How staying in touch with loved ones contributes to mental and physical health.    But sometimes, keeping in touch can …

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coping with loss

Family Ties

I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for over a week now, spending time with family, and old friends, back home. And I’ve been thinking a lot about family. About my family. About my brother Terry, of course, who died recently. …

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family

This Was My Brother

Terrence Malcolm Burpee  1953,  Age 6 This Was My Brother by Mona Gould This was my brother At Dieppe Quietly a hero Who gave his life Like a gift, Withholding nothing, His youth…his love… His enjoyment of being alive… His …

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family

On Winning the Birth Lottery

When Hubby and I were in Peru a few weeks ago, we ate supper in a near empty dining room one night at our hotel in Ollantaytambo, and chatted to an American lady at the next table. She sat alone …

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Anne Enright

Family Dynamics… Fictional or Otherwise

I come from a big family. Well, big enough. A brother, two sisters, and a step-brother, with whom I grew up. And a half brother with whom I didn’t. Three sets of grandparents. Lots of uncles and aunts. And cousins. …

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