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Sunday, October 21, 2007



This poetry is pure magic - Naomi Shihab Nye and the Dalai Llama have a lot in common! Yes, be kind to yourself and your babies.


awww!! I want to kiss your babies!!

my baby is a 76 lb rescued weimaraner who has proved very adept at getting into things he shouldn't. :-) I love him to death.


Carla--you are blessed to know the level of your grief, and to allow it through you. The poem says so beautifully the truth all of us will face, one day.


What precious fur-friends! Thanks for sharing their pictures along with the wonderful collection of Elliott photos. I'm not sure what I would do without my Molly ...(a yellow Lab pooch)... who keeps me from spending too much time indoors these days. In 1989 it was "Zonker" ...(an 85 pound "mutt" who helped me through the death of my mom followed two weeks later by the unexpected departure of my husband of 21 years ...(best friend for 33)... who decided he didn't want to be married anymore ... at least not to ME! Journaling through the grief eventually helped me realize that loss is only loss ... pain is only pain. Neither kills though both can hurt for a long time ... at least until we're ready to move on. Blessings on you and yours.

Kathryn Knoll

You must read the book: The Female Brain, I can't remember the name of the woman Doc who did the research and wrote the book, but I'm sure if you google the book you will find it right away. That cuddling your"babies" and seeing their sweet faces, remembering all your fond memories of Elliott, there is this hormone that works well in an estrogin rich environment called oxitocin which women find wonderful and softening and does wonders for dealing with stress. I think I e-mailed some of this to you recently. It is really an aha! kind of read. Hey, I started a new blog, since I can't figure out what password I was using with the old one. Who knows what you have inspired. The muses are poised and ready to inspire.


beautiful dog friends...they can pull you out of grief...and much more...blessings, rebecca

Kate I

I love this poem Carla...so very beautiful in it's truth. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.


that is a stunning poem Carla...and the best way to wake up to this day. thank you. (pass along a few pets to the dobies from me ;)

eileen (the dream)

Sweet doggies.
And Elliott - doggie with wings.
When I am in the grips of grief and it's hard to take the next breath, I have had a difficult time being present for those who are part of my here and now. I love your honesty - you really have been through big life stuff this past year, no doubt. GRACE is carrying you through ... and me, I am grateful to say.

maryam in marrakesh

You are such a survivor! Beauty is all around us. We just need to be able to see it.


Thanks for posting that poem, Carla. It's one of my favorites and I haven't read it in a long time. Sorrow is far from my life lately, but I've been there. My heart is with you. Keep persisting in your openness.


Fantastic post, Carla! I too have experienced grief lately and yet at the same time, growth keeps presenting itself. It's an odd sensation. I relate to what you say about grief not allowing you to let others in at times and I also pray daily for my heart to stay open and let forgiveness and kindness back in. To know our grief and embrace it is also to move forward in a more loving way.


Thank you so much for posting this poem. I have used her work with my students and for my own writing inspiration, but this was one I hadn't read. I will now add it to my collection.


I can relate to this post so much. This year has been nothing but loss for me. Less then a week ago I had to put one of my beloved cats to sleep. I had no idea how much I would miss Brady.

Thanks for sharing this poem.

Kim Campbell

There is an excellent article in Bark Magazine about this exact same thing with our dogs.

Love your blog!

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