Posts tagged “loss

Empty sky

When I was in New Jersey in April, I visited Liberty Park.

It’s home to the Empty Sky memorial


And the outdoor waiting area and old railway station

That used to take immigrants to their new homes all over the USA.

Both places are near each other — and it struck me

How they are almost opposites: the one being all about destruction and loss;


The other (in need of renovation – see last photo) a reminder of an age of tolerance and understanding.

Now that there is a harder attitude to refugees and immigrants and otherness

Around the world – it is somehow comforting to think that once the sky wasn’t empty,

But filled with open arms for people looking for a better life.

There was less ‘we and them’ and more ‘us’.

It’s my hope that there will be less hate and more love in the world.

Waiting area.jpg

Immigrant waiting area

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Circle of life: memories

At the end of this week, it will be a year

Since my dearest furry friend, Oscar, left us.

This is one of my favourite pictures of Oscar:


Life is busy with two dogs, work and kids —

But sometimes, when I least expect it,

I’m overwhelmed by loss.


Other dogs have come into my life (Ruby and Simmie) —

Not to replace Oscar —

But to fill life with their own brand of friendship.

This is Simson diving — a younger version of Oscar:

Simson dive

Because that’s what love does —

It expands the heart and makes room for more.

Oscar and I

I’ve got a very busy week ahead and will be away with work – so I won’t be around to visit you until the end of the week.

For more love, please go to: Our World.

And make sure you visit: Skywatch.

Of loss, love and comfort

One glorious day last autumn, I was in a terrible mood and just needed to get out the house. As I was zooming off to the local churchyard with the dog and camera, I saw two tearful faces running behind the car.

Even though I’d been trying to escape their bickering in the first place, I stopped the car and the kids jumped in.

A remarkable peace fell over us as soon as we started looking at the graves.

Churchyards are all about love and loss —

About grief but also about those cherished years of life that went before.

The inscription on this gravestone says:

Tenderly loved,


And wept over.

We left the graveyard as friends, all petty arguments forgotten.

For the dead do offer the living some comfort:

A reminder that we only have this life

And it becomes what we make it.

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” -Sri Chinmoy

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Life, interrupted

It is with great sadness that I write this today. My mother-in-law passed away this morning. One of her last wishes was that we all celebrate her life instead of her passing away.

This is in her honour.


Photo by Aleks Dush


By Mary Elizabeth Frye – 1932

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.