A View Into the Eye of the Hurricane of Grief (or Arguin’ (with myself) in the Rain)

Nina took pictures during our last "brush" with a hurricane, Bill back in 2009. It was also a non event, but it produced some pretty spectacular sunsets, and at least one gorgeous rainbow over Vineyard Sound.I spent our “hurricane” day off – the kids had no school and the federal courts were closed despite the …

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An Unpaid Internship at the Nonprofit of Life

Cartoon is from ScoopCharlotte:https://www.scoopcharlotte.com/2015/05/08/moms-need-summer-internships/Raising kids is hard work. The hours suck and the pay is worse. Parenting is an unpaid internship at the nonprofit of life. You get exploited, taken for granted, shat upon (sometimes literally), and all you have to show for it are some “intangible” rewards and “life experience” the baby boomers seem …

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Not gonna fade away just yet (but gimme shelter).

A partnership is a kind of shelter. Giving cover is inherently part of the intimacy of intimate partners: we divide household responsibilities, comfort one another in times of need, and even make excuses for failures to attend irksome social events when necessary. We shelter one-another.In this way, losing someone you love is way more than …

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Grief Stricken Kids Say the Darndest Things

They don't LOOK emotionally damaged, but don't think I'm not trying! I’ve done several book events for The Bright Hour like the one the Greensboro Library and GSO Hospice put on the other night (which was awesome, thank you again for making NER the community read!). I always enjoy discussing Nina’s work. It’s a welcome impetus …

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What Grief Does: A close reading you don’t need of a song you don’t care about.

Grief is a weird place. I’m kind of odd. It’s definitely been a strange combo. One of the things grief has done for me is permeate. I find it everyplace, whether I’m looking or not. It’s like a new crush, an upcoming vacation, a job search. Like a kid thinking about Christmas in November: even …

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