My Grown-Up New Year’s List

2014When I look back over the year 2013, I think of all we’ve encountered; the good, the bad, and everything in-between. We’ve lost, we’ve gained, we’ve changed. We have been challenged, we have been saddened, we have been joyous. We have lost, and we have won. We have all been through so much. But, if we’ve been lucky, throughout it all, we’ve given and received kindness.

There’s a Christmas song that always tugs at my heart called “My Grown-Up Christmas Wish” by David Foster and Linda Thompson. You’ve probably heard it, too. Here are some of the lyrics:

“So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need Continue reading

Surviving Christmas Grief

I wanted to share this thoughtful and informative article with you. My thanks to Diane Kratz for her willingness to share her own story of loss. Christmas is a joyous time of year, shared with family and friends. Twinkling lights, laughing children, sweet treats, and the anticipation of opening gifts. Full of wonderful traditions and memories. But, for some, it is a time of pain and sadness. Be sure this season to reach out to those who are grieving…whether from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or home, illness, the absence of a family member in the Armed Forces or the Foreign Service who are serving overseas, even the loss of a beloved pet. All these things can effect individuals differently, and even though some of these events might have happened years ago, the Holiday Season can raise them back up, fresh and new. Accept and acknowledge their pain. Be kind, be thoughtful, be supportive, be there for them. Thanks.
Take care and Merry Christmas,
Linda Williams Stirling

Profiles of Murder

Today I am sharing something not too many of my writer family knows about me. I lost my sixteen year old son, Eric, in 1996 to suicide.  I’d love to report that I’m over his death, but the truth is, his death is something I know I will never get over. But I have learned to deal with my loss of him.

December is hard for me, and I know it is for countless others who are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Eric’s birthday was December 7. Last year my daughter gave me my first granddaughter born on his birthday.

Ms. Charlotte Joann is named after my mother who died two years after my son. In the span of two years, I lost two people I loved.

For years after my mom died, I’d break out her tree even though it was so old the limbs wouldn’t…

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When Your Mother Says She’s Fat

English: Swimsuit-clad woman poses on the beac...

English: Swimsuit-clad woman poses on the beach, 1930-1940 A woman poses at an unidentified beach wearing a one-piece bathing suit, sandals and a coolie hat. The swimming costume is trimmed with embroidery around the neckline, and a matching embroidered belt. She is carrying a patterned towel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps you’ve already read the article below. If so, it’s worth another look. If you haven’t, take six minutes to read it. Then think about the message it contains and how it effects the women in your lives. The ones already subjected to a public message that says women must be thin and beautiful to have value.

We all need to work to change this. Before our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc.; have their minds, self-images, and sense of worth corrupted. At this special time of year, we should acknowledge the value of every human being. Our differences are mostly just skin deep. Underneath, we all look the same. Share the message below and let the people in your life know that you love and value them. That they’re perfect, just the way they are.

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When Your Mom Says She’s Fat, by Kasey Edwards

Dear Mum,

I was seven when I discovered that you were fat, ugly and horrible. Up until that point I had believed that you were beautiful — in every sense of the word. Continue reading

ME – A “Controversial” Illness…..We’ve Had Enough!

I am invisible2Hi everyone. Still under the weather, so I’m sharing a couple of good stories focusing on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). I hope you find these informative and interesting.

Take care,

Linda Williams Stirling

ME – A “Controversial” Illness!

Sally Burch, re-blogged from “Just ME
When I tell people that I have ME, I am sometimes told that it is a “controversial” illness – as if I perhaps had a choice in succumbing to it! The controversy is largely due to name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome now favoured in both UK and USA, and which many patients (myself included) believe belittles the true nature of ME. Continue reading