Coping with loss.

HOW DO I LEARN TO DANCE?……

UN SIX MONTHS LATER. I feel as if I’m functioning on two levels.  On the surface I continue as normal.  Going about my busy life, laughing, talking, being a grandma, being a friend.  Singing in the choir, going away  for the weekend. But buried deep, deep within me is a terrible sadness which occasionally bubbles … Continue reading

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Paris

CATACOMBES?…JUST A PILE OF OLD BONES!

One of the things I managed to do on my Paris list was visit the Catacombes. http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/ I will cheat and reproduce the history of this strange place. The Catacombs of Paris (the “municipal Ossuary”) have been created at the end of the 18th century. The cemetery of Innocent (close to Saint-Eustace, in the district of the “Halles”) had been used during nearly … Continue reading

CHRISTMAS 2012

WHAT SHALL WE DO AT CHRISTMAS?

I am in an “extended” family.  That is, Michael and I have both been married before, so our children have stepmothers and stepfathers and our grandchildren all have at least three sets of grandparents sometimes four. Christmas is the worst time for divorced families because everybody wants a piece of the action, everybody wants to see their children or parents on Christmas day. This often causes such conflict … Continue reading