Archive for November 2013

Dreading the holidays after your loved one has died - Try this

My mother-in-law won’t be with us for the holidays. She died in July. It’s hard to imagine them without her smile and her pecan pies and her unceasing love. But here we are, hours away. Just like every other day of our lives, on holidays we tell ourselves stories about what is to come, and... Read more »

Watching from afar as my friend lost her battle with cancer

I watched from afar as my friend Susan died from a fast-spreading cancer that took hold in September, and let go in June, thirteen years ago now. We had been friends since college, and my family had recently moved to her town, imagining years of shared times ahead. She had this pain that wouldn’t go... Read more »

Loved the Book, Afraid to See the Movie – Big Mistake

Only in Key West, where pretty much anything goes, could you find a panel that includes both fiery screenwriter and former Scientologist Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and Judy Blume, author of children’s books that have sold 80 million copies worldwide (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret).... Read more »