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A Writer Deals With Grief

by Michael Thal

Michael L. Thal, an accomplished freelancer, is the author of The Koolura Series, Goodbye Tchaikovsky, and The Abduction of Joshua Bloom. He has written and published over 80 articles for magazines and newspapers including Highlights for Children, The Los Angeles … Continue reading

I Exhale

by M. Linsk

I exhale. The breath born but a moment ago recedes into the past as I await the next breath to begin.   Because every breath is a gateway between past and future, breathing is an ever-present metaphor for the temporal … Continue reading

My Step-Mother’s Funeral

by Sydell Weiner, PhD

Losing a parent is a unique event, and HOPE Connection’s Parent Loss Groups have proven to be just as invaluable as our Spousal Loss Groups. Here, Sydell Weiner gives a powerful testimony to the life-long effect of losing a parent. … Continue reading

The Energy of Things

by Marianne Simon

Marianne Simon was born to a family of artists and has spent her life working with the performing and creative arts. Two years ago, she created a new business endeavor, “Speak Your Passion,” which supports women in their quest to … Continue reading

The Healing Power of Books

by Maryann Ridini Spencer

Maryann Ridini Spencer is the author of Lady in the Window, a new novel Capturing Aloha Magic, Hope, Healing & the Infinite Mother-Daughter Bond. Please visit her website at In October, 2014 I learned the devastating news that my mother … Continue reading