Pulling the antique stores into the 21st century

Back in the day Antique Dealers were a different breed. They did their homework by reading books full of pictures of depression glassware with set prices. Deals were rarely given, and rarely offered. One would go into a shop and expect to see things put on dark wood shelves. And if one complained that things…

God’s Eye View

I like plans. So I like road maps, graphs and charts. So when there are trials I want a step by step plan to follow to heal. But when I can’t find one I figure I have three choices. Give up, continue on my own way or trust God and step back. It’s never viable…

Chicken Soup really is Jewish Penicillin  

I have known for awhile. I have been putting it off. Only to finally submit. But I am here. You see I have been ill. I have been ill with fatigue and thyroid issues for over 16 years. Though functional, it has been challenging. I have been to Doctors and every type of alternative medicine…

What I learned about Mother’s Day after losing my son.

You might ask…how can not having as many gifts or cards help you get through Mother’s Day? Wouldn’t it be the hardest day of the year for you? All those memories and emotions. And seeing all the families at the restaurants with multiple generations of mothers with balloons and gifts, love and laughter. Yes…yes it…

When to get rid of his Dream Car…when he is gone.

It seems to me that no one is an expert in anything. Yet as any author will tell you. We do tend to be of an observant breed. And how does this help unless we share with you what we observe? So on Facebook the other day I couldn’t help but notice that a friend…

In honor of National Siblings Day

I have no clue what it’s like to have a sibling. So I guess the “write what you know” cliche goes right out the window. But today I honor the relationship my children had with each other. When I found out I was pregnant with Tim I wasn’t too excited quite frankly. But soon I…

When I tried to fix a Traffic Ticket

I tried to fix my speeding ticket…ok, not really. But how about I tired to fix the traffic school class to fix my speeding ticket? Or how does a middle aged Christian woman, end up doing something unethical little own illegal? It was about 2005. And I got a speeding ticket. I accepted it and…

Love can be Messy

Love. We all want it. We all need it. And we all think we do it really well…but what does it look like? When our son Tim was in Jr High he had the aspiration to go to the Air Force academy. Well, how exciting. We even got a call from the secretary to our…

Giving up the Chase

Confession: I used to watch soap operas. Back in the day with Jenny and Greg on “All my Children”I was sure we were all really the best of friends. And in that every soap has a matriarch, Phoebe was theirs. I was in denial that I would one day achieve this status with all my children. …

“Letting Go of the Rope”

“I have this Emily, let it go”. “No” I said to God as the crocodiles in a pond, snapped at the air beneath me, “I can’t let go”. It was the same rope I was always trying to walk on. I prided myself in that I walked on a tightrope without ever wobbling between accepting…

Own It!

In the few interviews I’ve given they always ask what my secret is to getting past the death of our son. I always seem to come up with something brilliant, after the interview is over. I did use “own it” once though. But what does that look like? Well, as of yesterday my publicity campaign…