Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Last week, I started taking a French class. I’ve always wanted to learn French. A thousand years ago, I went to college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I transferred there as a sophomore and didn’t have the option of preregistering for classes beforehand....
14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

My son, Phillip, took this photo when he visited me in New York, back in 2009. Today marks the first anniversary of his death. Over the past year, I’ve discovered many things about grief and about how awkward giving and receiving condolences can be. People offer...
Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

I popped into church today. Just stopped in, as I’ve often done over the past five years. I’m not catholic, but I like to sit and look at the statue of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica de la Merced in downtown Santiago. It’s cool and peaceful inside, painted to...
Four Weeks and Counting

Four Weeks and Counting

Right, it’s been a month since Phillip passed away. Four short weeks that feel like a lifetime. I’ve had lots of sympathy, condolences, notes, calls, offers of food, help, or companionship. My friends, both Chilean and gringo, have rallied around, watched...

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