Tag Archives: death

The year there was no Christmas

Fifty years ago today, my brother Johnny was killed in a horrific car accident in Toronto, Canada. I was living in Costa Rica with my dad at the time and literally deathly sick with hepatitis (which I didn’t know I … Continue reading

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We Are Family

Even though we’re an ocean apart and times together are few, my family in Germany is very dear to me. March 2015, I received the sad news that my dear cousin Marco passed away. I wasn’t able to attend the funeral, … Continue reading

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Usually, I’m a happy, fun-loving person with lots of energy and a positive outlook: a Pollyanna philosophy that there’s always something to be glad about. But even Pollyanna had down days. Today’s post I write during the wee hours of … Continue reading

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Life is a bowl of cherries; Death is the pits

Marion and I saw Dr. Zhivago when we were young. The image of little Yuri at the burial of his mother still haunts me; little did I know that I would live this terrifying scene when my brother Johnny was … Continue reading

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Bittersweet December

We have all tasted the bitterness of death. It is never welcome, yet always shows up uninvited; sometimes unexpected and sometimes arrives slowly but surely. It never shows mercy to anyone. Death is cruel and heartless. December 1, 1968 is … Continue reading

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In Memory of Lise

In February, I shared a fabulous occasion with nine fabulous women over 40. We were the ten finalists for the 2013 Most Fabulous Women Over 40 Model Search. We danced and walked the runway at the Red Dress and Tie … Continue reading

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