philosophy Category

The Management

Yes, still cleaning out the house! Every time I am there I find one thing that delights me and one thing that takes me down. This little hot plate had me laughing out loud. It is one of those things that I have seen my whole life. It is cloaked in familiarity. And yet until last week, I don’t […]

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Slow down

Yes, I grew up in a house with Gandhi quotes on the kitchen wall. What? You didn’t? It all seemed sort of natural to see messaging around the house. They were engraved, wrought in medal, etched in stones, painted on plaques and glazed onto pottery. Elaine was big on reminders and perspective. This was one […]

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For the Love of October

This one popped out of yet another folder of clippings today. The article lists all the reasons why October is the best month of all. Happy October from Elaine. You can read the rest of the article here

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On Scars

This slipped out of one of the many little journals today. We both loved this book. I believe this, like most Elaine-isms, found its way to me on this particular day for a reason. I guess she will keep reaching out and being a mom.

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I don’t mind getting old

This page is so very special to me because I know that aging was something Elaine struggled with often. She could never get used to its limitations; she often felt her body was betraying her. Or at the very least it got in the way of what she wanted to do. Sadly, this inability to understand […]

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Tower of Babel

It is hard to believe, but not if you knew Elaine, that she would have this biblical clipping in the very same volume as expired make-up… but she did. The best part about this item is that the next page had three clippings titled: “Move your pills”, “Temporary fixes for dental problems” and “Brush and […]

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Life is what we make it

This was the first entry in a book of clippings called ‘Important Articles 2007’. It looks that I will have years of Elaine-isms to post. Again, this quote explains exactly who she was.

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Miracles

Found this in one of the many files. Truly Elaine. She never lost her sense of wonder.

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A mother’s roots

Indeed! This sits in a frame next to pictures of my grandmother. I never noticed this until the day Elaine fell. We returned to her house and sitting with my brother in his old bedroom it caught my eye.

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Enjoy life’s ride in the slow lane

Found on Elaine’s desk the day she died. Can’t help but think she left these things for me to find along the way.

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