All Blog Posts Tagged 'family' (283)

The Portrait that Remains

“Mary Campos’ room?”


“Who are you?”


“I am her granddaughter.”


“Room 3C.”


The hallway was sterilized but smelled of human excrement mixed with bleach and cheap air fresheners.  From either side of the hall came cries and moans – loud from the patients, “take me home”.  The workers stood impervious, as anyone who wishes to be able to work another day, would.


The showers were running, and trays of food rolled down…


Added by Virgilia Campos on August 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Mother-Daughter Time

This weekend is a special weekend for my husband. For the past thirty years, he and two of his friends spend at least one weekend, sometimes a week, in the "great outdoors." They always travel to a different spot and have even gone as far as the Boundary Waters in Canada. Yes, this is their weekend to do some "male bonding," as I like to call it.

I don't begrudge him this time away. He works hard and I think he deserves some time to get away and have some fun with his friends. These…


Added by Cindy Knapper on June 28, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Australian Grown - Best Place to Raise a Family

I remember back when I was little. Things were so simple then. My parents bought a house they could afford and sent me to the local school. That was it. There were hardly any researches about the most family-friendly neighbourhood. They liked the house, the surrounding and the people who…


Added by Samantha WInterland on May 26, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

My New E-Book! Enduring Bonds: Estrangement proofing our kids

Enduring Bonds Front page

I am really excited to announce that I have finished my e-book, Enduring Bonds: Estrangement proofing our kids.

What’s it about?

This e-book will include readers in a personal journey of understanding and learning about how to navigate family estrangement in their family, with their children. The book is organized into sections, which were topics that have been identified over and again by the people who have shared their stories and…


Added by Fiona McColl on May 9, 2014 at 7:33am — No Comments

Theme of the Week: Motherhood – Should I send my estranged mother a card for Mother’s Day?


“Hearing him talk about his mother, about his intact family, makes my chest hurt for a second, like someone pierced it with a needle.” 

― Veronica Roth

The thing about Mother’s Day is everyone’s relationship with their mother is in our face. Our nose is rubbed in “intact relationships” and it can hurt to know that we don’t have that. When we…


Added by Fiona McColl on May 9, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments

Theme of the Week: Motherhood – Aunties of the heart, our “other” mothers

“Women without children are also the best of mothers, often, with the patience, interest, and saving grace that the constant relationship with children cannot always sustain. Women who are not mothering their own children have the clarity and focus to see deeply into the character of children webbed by family. A child is fortunate who feels witnessed as a person, outside relationships with parents by another adult.” ― Louise Erdrich



Added by Fiona McColl on May 9, 2014 at 7:02am — No Comments

Theme of the Week: Motherhood – Estranged From My Children, Alienated From Myself

regret I was a child who hadn’t been loved, and who had had no family relations of love and intimacy. So I probably thought to myself that, finally, I was going to have a child and would have this wonderful unconditional loving relationship.

But this child was his mother’s victim, I was a totally incompetent mother, because I, myself, was an abused child from a problematic…


Added by Fiona McColl on May 9, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

New book release (Event and Giveaway)

Hi everyone! 

I am happy to announce that my new book Emily-A Compilation of Short Stories is now available to purchase.  It contains the 12 family oriented short stories originally published in The Suburban Online Magazine.



Added by chantal Bellehumeur on May 7, 2014 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Family Celebrations: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly


Not AGAIN!!!!

It's the time of year when families get together to celebrate holidays like Passover and Easter and prepare for graduation festivities.  On TV, family celebrations always include good-looking, well-mannered children who are dressed up and happy celebrating alongside their equally good-looking,…

Added by Bonnie Frank on April 16, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

L.L. Barkat's 'Love, Etc.'

Posted review of L.L. Barkat's new poetry collection "Love, Etc.":

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 10, 2014 at 5:36am — No Comments

Skeletons & Other Monsters: August- Osage County

A film directed by John Wells with an impressive cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, as well as  Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Misty Upham. It’s based on the play by Tracy Letts and 130 mins long. It earned 2 Oscar nominations, but didn’t win any ─Not even the ever successful Meryl Streep.

When my daughter recommended this film to me, I noticed the category the…


Added by Siggy Buckley on April 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

After (Poem)

Posted 'After', a poem in remembrance of my late brother.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 25, 2014 at 7:19am — No Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Ghosts In the Kitchen

My debut novel, The Sweetness ( pub. date Sept. ’14) has known several starts and stops, and even a few disguises…something I realized only after I finally wrote the words "The End." There were short stories that grew into long, sweeping scenes, meandering like a willow needing to be trimmed. Yet the true…


Added by Sande Boritz Berger on March 10, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Seeking your opinion

Do you think an eight-year-old sexually abused child could shoot a man she loved because he killed her kitten in a drunken rage?

Gloria Taylor WeinbergAuthor of A Homicide in Hooker's Point & Child of Sorrow;…


Added by Gloria Taylor Weinberg on January 22, 2014 at 7:18am — No Comments

New Year, New Book, New Goals

I will be the first to admit, I usually end up breaking all of my New Years resolutions. I think a lot of people do. And while some believe that there is no point in making them if all you'll do is break them, I have to disagree. Even if you don't keep them, at least you tried.

I made resolutions this year. I decided that 2014 is…


Added by Kelli McCracken on January 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Magical Faerie Whisk

Last year at this time we had a house full of guests, among them an elementary-school aged girl. Helping in the kitchen—apron clad—she was fascinated with our faerie whisk. Busy with the tasks at hand, “Are there really such things as faeries?” she asked in wide-eyed…


Added by Laurie Buchanan on December 24, 2013 at 7:46am — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Clear Energy for the Holidays

Holidays can be great, but they can also be challenging. Each person in every family has his or her own energy, plus the collective energy of the family itself. This is true for both nuclear families as well as extended families.


It’s easy to get drawn into old or stagnant family energies and stories that…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on December 8, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

I was thinking about sacred times as I was driving yesterday. No particular reason, just thinking...6:11 pm on 2/15/96 and 5:47 pm on 9/27/98 are sacred times.  6:11 and 5:47.  They were always easy …


I was thinking about sacred times as I was driving yesterday. No particular reason, just thinking...6:11 pm on 2/15/96 and 5:47 pm on 9/27/98 are sacred times.  6:11 and 5:47.  They were always easy to remember because they rhymed.  These are the times that my sons were born.  6:11 was Charlie (pictured on the left and now a senior in high…

Added by Bonnie Frank on October 29, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

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