Crystle’s Cup

I am fortunate that I am able to continue volunteering at hospice during the pandemic. Most of the administration and support staff are working from home. Many volunteers are also staying home.  The Hospice Niagara communications team is working hard to keep us all...

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The River

Today is a day in which I find myself uncertain of how I want to feel. It was two years ago today that Crystle passed away. As I write those words, even now, it seems surreal. How can she be gone? Yesterday, I went to her grave with Val, Kevin and Quinn. They brought...

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Canada Book Awards Winner

I am pleased to announce that my book was selected as a winner in the 2020 Canada Book Awards. Thank you to my publisher, Tellwell, for helping me through the world of book publishing and marketing.

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I Don’t Want to be a Pirate!

I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful publisher, Tellwell Talent. The book has been published now for almost six months. The marketing consultant at Tellwell is providing me sage advice. My book has been entered in award competitions for 2020. It has...

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The Holidays

I am sometimes asked if the holidays are a difficult time for me. I am able to make it through the holiday season without tears. I embrace the present moment and try to avoid getting lost in the past. That doesn’t mean I do not miss Crystle, for I...

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IndieReader Review

I submitted my book to IndieReader review for an independent and unbiased review. I was thrilled when the book was rated 4/5 stars making it an approved title with IndieReader. Check out the review at the link below....

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Dancing

This picture has been hanging in our home for years. It still holds a prominent space in my apartment. Crystle loved it, and so do I. It embodies our life and our love in so many ways. We loved the ocean and spent so many vacations on the Maine coast I cannot count....

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Pictures

It will be our 38th wedding anniversary on October 10th. I celebrate these ‘big’ important dates. I see them coming and they are times of happy reflection for me. I don’t allow them to be sad days. The picture of Crystle that I have hanging in my home was taken at a...

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What’s Next?

“Will you marry again?” Losing a spouse presents a unique situation in the grieving process. Family and friends are—I am not sure I can find the correct adjective. Curious? Anxious? I don’t know what words to use, but they want to know the answer to this...

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Dangerous Words: “I defeated grief”

I believe I have defeated grief. What does it mean to defeat grief? Ask one hundred people that question and I suspect you get one hundred very unique answers. I can describe what that means to me, but does it really matter what it means to me? In its very basic...

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