Mourning for Christmas

Ho oh ho! Celebrate! It's the big day next week! Let's laugh and play... Not so easy for those who have lost someone this year, or recently, or who have someone like my dad, who passed away on Christmas Eve, this making every year an ache of longing for him and his cruel/funny approach to…

Mothers and daughters and mothers and daughters on and on and on

So here comes another Mother's Day, and with it the maelstrom of feelings that are associated with this Hallmarky "holiday". I have a hate-hate relationship with Mother's Day. When I was a kid, it was a day when I would try to connect with my mother, unsuccessfully. I always did something minimal for Mother's Day…

Wishing from afar…

My daughter and I are estranged.  We have been for the last four years. The reasons why aren't important; in fact I really don't know the reasons why.  I've been offered some hints over the years - perhaps too much information during the time of my breakup with my ex, perhaps something else.  Through the…