Archive for the ‘Dog Journal’ Category

An ordinary day, and then….

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Whatever happened to the advertised Sunday afternoon blog? The dog ate it, in the form of a sad and sudden intrusion. My husband Bob died unexpectedly May 9 – so unexpectedly that I feel compelled to retell the story to all who will listen. My way of making the surreal seem more real.

Sudden deaths, I now know, blare in on ordinariness. They occur when we’re not looking, while we’re taking out to the trash or throwing the last load in the dryer. Bob’s was no different. He announced he was going out to run an errand. I offered to go instead. Off I went, while he apparently took up residency on the couch to watch golf on TV. There I found him, lifeless when I returned. The victim, his doctor concluded, of a heart arrhythmia.

Life feels out of balance here, in need of the healing that comes over time through grief. If ever there was a time NOT to overbook, it’s now. So in the spirit of the Dog Journal, I’ll be sharing what works for me – and doesn’t – in getting through this time. If my missteps along the way bring a smile, I’ll be sure share that too, because laughter, the first-cousin of tears, is bound to muscle in a time or two.

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Picture-Perfect Lunch Hours

Monday, May 4th, 2009

After lunching the other day with a lawyer friend on a really tight schedule,  I remembered a crazy-busy time in my own life when the best lunch break involved throwing a camera in my bag and sneaking out of the office to shoot pictures.  Trees were a favorite, and flowers.  Anything natural and interesting and right-brain happy.  Anything but writing another legal analysis.

I’m sure I’m not alone here.  Anyone else have a favorite stress-relief break from the office?  Or a mini-break you wouldn’t try again?  Do tell.

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