This summer, my friend Julie lost her husband, Mike. Julie is the publisher of My Forsyth magazine, where I’m a contributing writer. Julie is generous and kind, and from all the tributes I’ve read, so was her husband Mike. Grief is complicated and personal and I hope and pray my friend will soon find some peace. In this month’s issue of My Forsyth, Julie honored her husband by featuring an essay he wrote a few years ago, after losing a friend. I was deeply touched by the article. In the wake of Mike’s passing, his words are haunting – and beautiful. With Julie’s blessing, I’ve featured his essay here at the LKM to honor him. I hope you’ll read it.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
In Remembrance of Mike Brennan
Passings & Crossings
This month marks the anniversary of the passing of fine man who I am privileged to have had as a friend, even for a short time. Thinking of him caused a gallery of other faces to appear and linger a while in my thoughts – family, friends, and loved ones who enriched my life for all too short a time before crossing over to what lies beyond. Continue reading Guest Post: Passings & Crossings
When I read this week’s writing prompt for Finish the Sentence Friday, I panicked a little. “One of the best things anyone ever did for me was…” Well that is tough to call, because I have too many acts of kindness to choose from. Some examples from my notes –
- My mother for letting me read whatever I wanted.
- My husband for saying yes, when I asked him if I could take his four young children on a thirty day road trip, while he stayed home and worked.
- The Manager at CPK who helped me out with Barrett this past February (although that blog topic has been beaten to death).
- Anyone of the therapists who has worked with my son over the years.
- My brother and sister in-law for babysitting our kids whenever we desperately needed help.
- Melissa at Chick Lit Central who took a chance on me.
- My besties Michele, Marice & Barb for an endless number of things over the decades.
- The two different relatives, who on two separate and unrelated occasions, surprised me with checks in the mail.
You see where I’m going here? Continue reading Kindness in Abundance
It’s been a busy week! I’m grateful for all the shout-outs about my interview on 11 Alive, featuring Barrett and the story about the new garden at his middle school. I really appreciate the support (but still cringe whenever I view the clip). The excitement didn’t end there – the Huffington Post Parents posted one of my blogs, with Barrett’s picture front and center on the page. The boy is going to get an attitude! I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments and shares. Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you missed it, you can read the article by clicking here: Huffington Post.
Continue reading 11 Alive News, The Huffington Post, The Forsyth Herald & My Forsyth
The Aviator’s Wife
By Melanie Benjamin
A Book Review by Allie Smith
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a fictional version of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s life, focusing on the years she was married to Charles Lindbergh. It was a very turbulent forty five years, for both the Lindbergh’s and the world in general. I found myself fascinated by these “characters” and needing to know more. I’ve since ordered biographies of both Anne and Charles, as well as books authored by each of them.
Continue reading My Forsyth Book Review: The Aviator’s Wife