When I was in law school, my dad was in graduate school to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). To learn how to administer various personality tests, he utilized the six (6) of us kids as guinea pigs and thus I was introduced to the MMPI, the Myers-Briggs testing and others. As I got … Continue reading Enneagram
A blessing for learning to delight again(maybe today could be more than bearable. It could be beautiful.)Blessed are you, the pragmatic,You who have …Poetry Friday
As many of you know, I've been volunteering with SurvivingBreastCancer.org in various capacities for several years. Recently, we formed the MBC Leadership Team, which I chair, to involve more of the ladies living with MBC in the content and offerings for the MBC Community. You can learn about all of the members of the Team … Continue reading MBC’ers, you are invited!
I wrote a blog post last year about the first day of school in 2021, following a very strange year complicated by COVID and school at home, etc. You can read that here. There are changes this year too, the boys are at a new school in a different county and we are all still … Continue reading On the first day of school, 2022
It's been 14 years today since Elliot and I said "I do." I'd written last year a little about our wedding and you can see that post here. I think back to that day at least annually; what we were thinking, what we were hoping for, what we thought would be our future. While we … Continue reading 14 Years and Counting …
A few years ago, as Walton's funds built up in his account at the nursing home (he couldn't ever have more than $2,000.00 in his account or he was in danger of losing Medicaid benefits), we decided to use those funds to make some funeral arrangements in advance on his behalf since the nursing home … Continue reading Funerals
Recently, while reading a book, I came across this quote and it really resonated with me: We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. —MARCEL PROUST Wisdom is a subject that is often written about and often seems to be … Continue reading Wisdom
Last week, in the early hours of Thursday morning, Walton Adrian Johnston (aged 87), my husband's father, took his last breaths. He was alone in his hospital room. A very astute nurse who had been a hospice nurse previously had called us on Wednesday to say that he was nearing the end. I'm so thankful … Continue reading My Father in Law has Died
As an introvert, I'm particularly comfortable being on my own, in fact, I often prefer it. Being on my own and conducting my own solitary activities is how I recharge, how I refill my energy. Time around people and having to be "on" in terms of interacting and keeping my energy up is tiring. And … Continue reading Loneliness
The longer I live with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), the more amazing people I'm privileged to meet and do life with. One of those people who I consider a treasured friend is Dr. Andrew Silver. He is a professor at Mercer University, the author of IV Our Lives, an amazing play based on … Continue reading How to be a friend … to those managing a crisis.