Category Archives: life after death of child

Hurdle 17: Death, Divorce, Drinking and a Blind Dog (Or How I lost 35 Pounds without Trying)

Some of you, at least those that live in in Phoenix area, may have noticed that I have, in the months since my last post herein, lost some weight. While I wish it was because I tried, it is, weight … Continue reading

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Not a Hurdle but a Letter to the Illinois State Legislature in Support of Constitutional Amendments to the Victim Bill of Rights

27 March 2012 Dear Illinois Legislator: I write in support of the pending House Joint Resolution constitutional amendment to ILCON Art. 1, Sec. 8.1, known as Crime Victim Rights. My perspective is different than most. For twenty-three years I practiced … Continue reading

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Not a Hurdle, A Draft of My Speech to the Maricopa County Victim Assistance Division

LESSONS OF A CRIME VICTIM YOU ALL ARE VICTIM ADVOCATES FOR A REASON, I GUESS, AND I DOUBT THAT REASON IS MONEY. I WORKED FOR THE STATE ONCE MYSELF; THE BENEFITS AND RETIREMENT ARE GOOD BUT THE ACTUAL PAY CHECK … Continue reading

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Hurdle Sixteen: Of Grattitude and an Empty Chair

An empty chair.  That is one of the saddest things about the holidays, these days.  That fifth chair at the table.  Zachary’s chair.  Empty air.  A missing voice at the table. I need not explain it, mostly because I cannot. … Continue reading

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Hurdle Fifteen: First one Down and a Lifetime to Go

Hear the Bells Chime, They Tell the Time, Count Now with me, The Time Must Be, One, Two, Three. . . That was the first song Old Man Soward taught me on the Piano probably  40 years ago.  Every time … Continue reading

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Hurdle Fourteen: A Silent Birthday Wish List

I have always prided myself on not using other people’s words to express my thoughts.  While I enjoy reading, and I am often inspired by quotations, I try not to rely upon them.  I often think, while scrolling down my … Continue reading

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Hurdle 13: Going Home, Again

  There’s a story in the Bible, found at Mark 6, 1-6 and it goes kinda like this:  Jesus had started his ministry.  He had already performed various miracles and healed various sicknesses when he decided to take a trip … Continue reading

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