For Tess

Yesterday we farewelled this little bundle of joy. She filled our hearts and home with so much love and joy. I wrote this poem dedicated to her  almost exactly five years ago. It seems fitting to revisit it. Love wrapped in a small bundle of fur wagging tail total acceptance never questioning trusting forgiving watching … More For Tess

Australia is Burning

I guess you have all seen and heard the news about the fires that are ravaging our parched country here in Australia.  I don’t want to inundate you with yet more images and stories of the devastating losses to property, human and animal lives. So many stories are emerging of the good, the bad and … More Australia is Burning

When Life Sucks

We all go through sucky times in life. For as many reasons as there are people on this planet. What sucks for me may not for you. But there are some general commonalities – relationship breakdown, bullying, the fallout of addictions, domestic violence, war, pestilence, homelessness, financial hardship, loss, grief, illness….. Often it is so … More When Life Sucks

Grief and Loss

It comes to all of us – the final farewell.  We recently had a loss in the family.  It was not unexpected. Everyone had had time to prepare for the inevitable. Regardless of that, it still hurts. The finality of it. The knowing that someone you deeply cared for is no longer physically here. Raw, … More Grief and Loss

When Life Ends

Salme Kaarina Tanska née Kaski 4.9.1927 –     18.12.2018 It has been a long and emotionally exhausting twelve days. Markku (TRH), his brothers and father have been supporting each other through the final days of his mother’s life. Early this morning she breathed her last. At 91 years of age I guess you could say … More When Life Ends

When I Grow Up….

She stood on the edge of the cliff overlooking a vast expanse of blue green water.  Below her, she could hear the pounding of the waves on the rocks far below. An ocean breeze stirred her tresses, tickling and teasing her face.  Lifting her arms up high up to reach for the sun, she took … More When I Grow Up….

Bouncing back

Flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, springiness, spring, give. Resilience = the ability of a substance to spring back into shape; elasticity; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. I guess the notion of springiness or elasticity can be applied to people. I can think of quite a few I know who seem to have an … More Bouncing back

Missy

She sat watching me closely. Her eyes followed my every move.  If I went to another part of the house or outside she would follow me. By the end of the day she had grown tired and tried to second guess where I would head next. Finally, having grown too tired to bother following me, … More Missy