Music I Heard

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to post this poem By Conrad Aiken. 

I extend my gratitude and love for all of those who have gone before us. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, your teachings, your love, your wisdom and for enabling us to be and have all that we do.

You are loved and never forgotten!

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Look to the Future and Brighter Days Ahead

This is a poem by Kerry McCaskill, from the book "Life Can be Hard Sometimes...but It's Going to Be Okay." It's a collection of poems edited by Susan Polis Schultz. This is a book my father gave to me at a difficult time in my life. It's full of inspiring poems, so this is just one of many.

I chose this one as I am currently teaching a course on "Coming to Terms with Terminal Illness". It resembles a lot of the lessons I like to share with my students. I hope you enjoy it!

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May You Always Have an Angel by Your Side

by Douglas Pagels

"May you always have an angel by your side

Watching out for you

Helping you believe in brighter days and in dreams come true

Giving you comfort and courage

Someone to catch you if you fall

Inspiring smiles

Holding your hand and helping you through it all

May you always have an angel by your side"

I'm Glad There's You

Here's a poem that was given to me many years ago. It's on one of those little laminated greeting card things that you purchase at the card store. I was very touched when my friend gave it to me and I have kept it nearby all of these years. It is now time to share it with you!

It's by Bruce B. Wilmer

I hope you like it!

"When life around us bubbles

     In a most chaotic brew,

     I can say in words right from the heart

     I'm very glad there's you.

For in this wacky world of ours

     Through which we all are drifting

     Your influence is positive;

     Your manner is uplifting.

You add to life in your own way;

     You give when others borrow;

     You chase away the clouds

     And then predict a bright tomorrow.

Your outlook is refreshing;

     Life for you is never stale.

     You bring enthusiasm

     To each moment without fail.

Your energy gives life a boost - 

     Your cheerful manner, too.

     You give that rarest gift, yourself.

     I'm very glad there's you."

Thank you for being you! Thank you for being such a positive influence on those of us around you. You are much more of a blessing than you will ever know and we are grateful you are with us.


Love and Blessings,


A Poem for Healing & Understanding

In going through my family's things, I came across this poem and felt compelled to share it. I hope you enjoy it and find peace in it's meaning.

It was written by: Henry Scott Holland (1847 - 1918) Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral

"DEATH is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well."

How beautiful is that? Blessing to you and your loved ones - here and on the other side. They are still with us. They love us just the same and share in our joys and love. We just cannot see them, but we can feel them. Feel their love surround you and know that you are not alone!