Monthly Archives: December 2009

In Praise of the Imperfect Holiday

(This essay appeared elsewhere in a somewhat different form.) The advertisement from a local store read, “Creating the perfect holiday season.”  Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it?  Bombarded by television commercials, newspaper ads, and a plethora of magazine covers all … Continue reading

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My mother is dying. Not imminently (at least I don’t think so), but sooner rather than later.  She is, as they put it, “in her decline.”  It’s a term I heard a lot in my role as a Hospice volunteer.  … Continue reading

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