Author Archives: hmertins

I eat ice cream: a philosophical approach

I like good ice cream. I like eating good ice cream. It tastes wonderful and I am happy when I eat good ice cream. I also like being slimmer. But, when I eat ice cream I do not become slimmer. … Continue reading

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Widow Wednesdays #1

Widow Wednesdays Welcome to Widow(er) Wednesdays. A new way for me to share what worked, what didn’t work and what could work better. How to support the grieving Invite a widow(er) for dinner in your home – not for lunch … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you like to know…

Ever been at loss of what to say to a friend who is grieving? Ever wondered if what you said was helpful? Ever wanted to help but didn’t know how? Ever wondered why you felt this way? Misbeliefs. If you’re … Continue reading

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Could Grief Be The Next ‘Me Too’?

I most certainly hope so. If we can accept the validity of another’s story, even when we don’t have any personal experience with loss, it’s choosing to take a step towards creating a more compassionate and supportive space for all. … Continue reading

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Story

“Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution – more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.” – Lisa Cron And this is why it’s important to … Continue reading

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Platinum Blonde

“Platinum Blonde” is one of the nicer things someone has said to me since I stopped putting highlights into my every changing hair. “If you’re over 65…” was one of the least, if not the least, welcome comment I’ve heard. … Continue reading

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Living Fearlessly

Grief, like most life changing experiences, teaches us something. Fully realizing that people I love will one day die and that “those sort of things” do NOT only happen to other people drove home the fact that to live well … Continue reading

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