Heartbreak is part of life, just as is death is

Just as with death, we are never ready for heartbreak, yet it is a natural fact of life. If you love you will inevitably hurt and if you live you will inevitably die. The difference is that with heartbreak you can learn. It’s a starting point for something else, for someone else, or for nobody […]

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Remember by Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti is one of my favorite poets. She expressed sadness with such beauty as when she wrote Remember. Remember me when I am gone away,          Gone far away into the silent land;          When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more […]

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Why do we become more solemn as we age?

When I was much younger I wondered why older people seemed grimmer, smiled less, and often were party poopers. You went to them with your youthful excitement to tell them your latest endeavor, yet you were not greeted in kind but were offered instead words of caution.

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Impossible loss.

  What to say when a life is gone? After months of suffering, “he” is gone. Some days, I was told, he spoke of a future. Other days he spoke of the past and the future didn’t exist. He went from hope to acceptance of what was to come. 

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