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    Letters to Emma series

    Letters to Emma #6

    This is the sixth and final post in a series about grief and my experience of it after the death of my husband Paul 4½ years ago. Each post is written as a letter—a letter to Emma. I’ve done it this way…

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    Longer & deeper

    Nostalgia for Saturdays

    We couldn’t wait to try it out. Dad had been working on it for several weekends, using precious Saturday afternoons, and off-cuts of timber and particleboard from his shed to construct a one-of-a-kind go-kart. It wasn’t the first thing he’d made…

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    Lightbulb moments

    Simple, unexpected and beautiful

    Last Sunday as I sat in church, something happened that made me smile. Something simple, unexpected and beautiful. We were celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. We don’t do it frequently, but somehow that makes the remembering more particular and significant. The…

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    Lightbulb moments

    To do or not to do?

    Do you have a to-do list? Do you even like to-do lists? I write to-do lists because it helps get the buzz out of my head—a swirling confusion of many things yet to do. To-do lists help ease a lurking dread that…