Category Archives: coping with adversity

Writing when the road is a rocky one

My mother passed away in April. As is often the case, her death was both expected and a total shock to those of us who loved her. Intellectually I knew that losing my last remaining parent would be tough. But I didn’t realize how much it would impact me emotionally. The learning curve has been…
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Five Tips to Get Moving in March

According to popular belief March either comes in like a lion or a lamb. Yesterday it couldn't seem to make up its mind. Most of the day was sunny and in the high sixties in the Finger Lakes Region. But suddenly the weather took an abrupt turn for the lionish. The temperature dropped about 40…
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What’s on my Bedside Reading Table?

Winter is a fantastic time to curl up in your bed or your favorite chair with a good book (unless it happens to have been hijacked by an entitled dog!) Here’s what’s been keeping me company so far this month. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman This was a Christmas gift from my friend…
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Adult Coloring Channels Creativity at the Canal

This spring my friend Deb and I suffered a tremendous loss when her husband, and my good friend, passed away after a heroic battle with cancer. None of my usual coping mechanisms (like journaling) seemed to be working and I felt like I was floundering when suddenly I remembered a blog post by Ajoobacats (http://ajoobacatsblog.com/2015/06/05/a-different-type-of-book-review-millie-marottas-animal-kingdom-a-colouring-book-adventure/)…
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