Archive for December, 2013

A year review.

I am happy to say that 2013 was a good year.  New people entered my life, and a few others moved on.  I spent a large amount of time with my feet in the sand, and I never went to a funeral home.  I discovered that Restorative Yoga can crack me open and help me [...]

“For your son”.

I wanted to post this earlier, but didn’t because I didn’t want Sadie to see it before Christmas.  I was at South Hills Village getting my glasses.  Going to the mall is not my favorite thing.  After Joe’s passing it was nearly impossible.  I see reminders of Joe everywhere at the mall. When Joe was [...]

Words from Alan Alda.

I saw this quote by Alan Alda.  I just loved this and want to share: “The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you will discover will be wonderful.  What you will discover [...]


It has been a long time since I have talked about this poem.  When I was a little girl, this poem hung on the wall in our kitchen.  I read it every morning and had it memorized.  I still love it today.  Take a moment to watch this video.  Take a lifetime to live these [...]

The year of the ukulele

A few months back, while listening to Johnny play his guitar, and drinking a few beers, I said that I thought it would be fun to learn how to play the ukulele.  John was listening.  You guessed it.  Under the tree on Christmas morning was a ukulele. I think it is great to learn something [...]


Christmas is over.  The stockings are empty and there are no packages under the tree.  The last five days have been memorable, emotional, tiring and wonderful.  We started the season having a spaghetti dinner with 300 wonderful people and we ended Christmas with a small group of ten. I am grateful.  I am happy. Life [...]

Hallelujah, Christmas style.

I remember years ago,  Joe and his friends, sitting together in my basement.  One playing the guitar, the others singing.  As it was happening I made a mental note to take it all in.  Store it always.  Remember it.  They were singing Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.” Later that day I told Joe how much I loved [...]

Grandma memories.

I always think of my grandmothers on Christmas eve morning.  It was twenty-eight years ago tomorrow that my maternal grandmother passed.  Just one year later, my other grandma left on Christmas eve. (me, with my brother and my maternal grandma) (Grandma Tischler and me) This is an excerpt from my book, Receiving Birth.  My chapter about grandma. December [...]

See the magic.

To use one of my mom’s expressions, I slept like a stone last night. Usually, the day after the spaghetti dinner, I stay in the house and do nothing all day, but yesterday we celebrated the Tischler Christmas. Four generations of us gathered together. We ate, drank and opened presents. No, it wasn’t Christmas eve or Christmas, but [...]


WOW!  John, Sadie and I want to thank everyone who supported us yesterday!  Although it was raining buckets, nearly 300 people came to the Oakridge Firehall.  You bought auction tickets, ate spaghetti and made donations.  Others cooked and served food, sold tickets and when the night was over stayed and helped us clean up.  Wonderful! [...]