Birthdays, Chingona, Death, Family, Parents, Strong Women

A Meaningful Life

alvaradofrazier.comIt's my mother's birthday. She's on the other side of her early 80's. Still a rebel with a cause. A chingona of the first degree, a strong woman.Loves to eat, tell us stories, have a beer sometimes (only Corona), and laugh. We celebrated yesterday at a birthday barbeque in the backyard surrounded by four generations. Her favorite menu… Continue reading A Meaningful Life

Coping with Grief, Death, Hospice, Parenting, Wisdom

How Do You Process Dying?

Royalty freeMom yells a lot lately. This is usual and unusual. Usual because she is hard of hearing so she frequently shouts "What?" Unusual because she's yelling about who didn't vacuum the carpet correctly, arguing and then dashing to her room crying.   She has a reason for anger, frustration and tears. Her oldest sister,… Continue reading How Do You Process Dying?

Authors, Books, Chingona, Death, Ester Hernandez, Grief, Have You Seen Marie?, Loss, Sandra Cisneros

Have You Seen Marie?"For those without a mother, without a father, without even a dog to make a bother."This quote is on the dedication page of Sandra Cisneros new book, HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE? The crux of the story is about a woman's search for a cat who goes missing in the aftermath of her mother's death. There is so… Continue reading Have You Seen Marie?