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I am a mother of three, sharing my journey of hope and survival following the loss of our son...

  • Gone Visiting...

      I did something a few days ago which I haven’t done since I don’t know when…   I spent three hours visiting friends without the slightest concern for the time; I felt no pressure to hurry up and get going so I could complete the next item on my endless to-do list.   I had nowhere else I needed to go, and more importantly, I was exactly where I wanted to be.       What occasion quelled my sense of urgency?   One of thos...

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  • Commitment Made

        “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown in the scrap heap.” –George Bernard Shaw       While I cannot agree that for me it’s joyful, there is definite comfort knowing I’ve done all I can in a particular endeavor.       Every night for the last three weeks, John and I had similar conv...

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  • Help Celebrate!

        “One of the stars in my sky has gone supernova, burning out without warning; his intensity, his exuberance, his energy, it’s all gone…       The urge to jump in the bottomless black hole left behind is overwhelming, instinctive, it’s so hard for me to resist.       Not so long ago, my family was just like yours.   We were ordinary people, living ordinary lives.       ...

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  • There's Still Time...

        Who would have ever thought it would be easier to get a couple of legislators to commit to attending StreetSafe than it would be to get 35 parents and their teens signed up?       Certainly not me…however, as of this writing, that is precisely what’s happened.       I must confess, I’ve been a little surprised and dismayed, but I’ve not given up hope…       I’m...

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  • Join me for StreetSafe-Life Saving Driving Experience

        This journey through the valley of shadows and sorrow is a solitary one…       Thankfully, the pathway of advocacy is not.       The issue of teen driver safety is no small matter to my family, for obvious reasons…       What I’ve gradually discovered over the last 4+ years is there are other like-minded individuals and organizations scattered throughout our community, also full...

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  • Convict or Convince?

      What is the difference between convincing someone and convicting them?   Does it matter in the end?       By definition, to convince is to persuade someone to believe or to do something.   Alternatively, to convict is to show someone they are in the wrong or at fault in some way.       Not long ago I was invited to guest speak for another organization dedicated to teen driver safety, StreetSafe.     &n...

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  • The Power of One...

        Every day of our lives is filled with decisions…   Some of those choices require minimal thought, such as what time to set the alarm clock for, whether to have toast or scrambled eggs for breakfast, whether or not to take a jacket when leaving the house for the day and so on.   In the grand scheme of things, those outcomes are of no consequence, as they have minimal impact on the true direction of your life.         Other...

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  • Saving just one...

        Even the brightest, sunniest day loses its luster when reading the critical commentary of an anonymous teen.       “I learned that it is an idiotic idea to drive a car with a cellular device in the car.   It didn’t change my opinion (about cell phones and driving) because I don’t have any personal care for Brian because I didn’t know him.   Even though I don’t care how your son died or why, I am sorry for ...

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  • Holiday madness

    December 2009 Decorations adorn every store…street corner…more than a few passing cars…   It’s the unifying theme on television…radio…newsprint…   The holiday season is undeniably underway…our second minus one… All I want to do is hide.   The onslaught is relentless and inescapable, assaulting every sense I possess.  

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  • Hello, it's B

    December, 2009 Even though I cannot see the wind, I know that it is there…   I’ve said so from the very beginning…   Sometimes, I feel him, like he’s hiding nearby, just beyond my line of sight…   Today, I am sure of it… Another day, another school, another chance to make a difference, closer to home this time…  

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