5 years without Mia

I call myself decent at remembering birthdays, but I’m terrible at remembering dates of tragedies. I suppose this is mostly a good thing. However, Facebook Memories was here to remind me at 3am when I woke to let the dog out that 5 years ago today, I was lying in bed beside my grandmother, Mia,…

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It’s all relative.

About a week and a half ago, I decided to attend a new yoga class at the studio I’ve been attending. This class was different for two reasons: it has been called the most difficult yoga class the studio offers, and Stacey was unable to make it so I would be attempting the new challenge alone.…

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Trim that ugly tree with tradition

“I miss Mia,” Jenny confided to me the other night. “I was just thinking about her crazy Christmas trees.” My sister and I had a good laugh over that one, and we decided to file it into another of those “Mia stories” categories that just have to be shared with you. So, in the spirit…

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I lied.

Not intentionally. I just changed my mind. A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my plan to write Mia’s memoirs as a part of NaNoWriMo. My grandmother and I worked on them for years, and she died before I was able to finish interviewing her. But I have stories and interviews and other…

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No spoilers here …

You won’t get much from me the rest of this week. Why is that? I’ve been spending the past few days editing a book written by the very awesome and talented Amy, who also happens to be one of my best friends. I gotta tell you, this book is fantastic. Not giving up any spoilers…

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She was a terrible singer.

But when she called me to belt out her rendition of “happy birthday” when I turned 33 this year, the terribleness made it all the more endearing. The other voicemail I’d saved from Mia was recorded after the last daywe spent together. She had called me to thank me for a wonderful day and to…

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Such a rebel …

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, wish I could talk to her, want to see her. I miss my grandmother, Mia, like crazy, since she passed away in June. If there was anything she taught me, it was to make my own way in this crazy life. That rules are…

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Minnie Mouse, here we come …

So. Disneyworld. My apologies for not updating this sooner. In fact, Crystal emailed me several weeks ago telling me she just had to know Mia’s response, and I was so grateful for the reminder! I wrote recently about how my niece, Mia, is getting a trip to Disneyworld for her 5th birthday (technically, all the…

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Proving Mia wrong

Her 95th birthday party was supposed to be tomorrow. We had been planning it for months. My grandmother’s major desire was that we all be there. That’s why the party was to be 10 days after her actual birthday – because that was the first time everyone could be there. And it totally sucks that she’s…

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