SPECIAL

Special I’m still excited about my new book, Abidance: A Memoir of Love and Inevitability. Lots of  amazing responses. Actually, I continue to be excited by my old books, so I have a great offer: Any one book – $15.00 Any two books – $25.00 Any three books – $35.00 All four – $45    […]

Are You an Orphan?

Are your parents gone? Do you feel like an orphan? A Birthday Mourning A birthday morning— an ocean shore, far from home whitecaps blend into the mist above driftwood lies gray upon the sand relics of places distant, days of yore A birthday morning— my first as an orphan, the woman who bore me gone […]

Thinking of Your Mom?

As you and I wait for the FREE Kindle book download for The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother, Moving Beyond Regret, on May 7 and 8, I'd like to share two other excerpts from that book: http://www.loishjelmstad.com/can-you-visit-your-childhood-home http://www.loishjelmstad.com/you-can-run-but-can-you-hide I wrote the first part of The Last Violet while my mother lay dying in home-hospice. It was a very […]

I Can Breathe Again

Dear ones – Yesterday was emotionally taxing, as well as physically draining. Not totally surprising. Les and I got up at 4:15 a.m. (four hours earlier than usual, I’m embarrassed to say, but we are old) and readied ourselves for the trip to the hospital. The registration and prep time seemed very much like same […]

Death of a Friend

Almost two weeks ago, I had a distinct nudging to visit a friend of ours.  Les and I have belonged to a small support group through our church since 1969. Of the original nine couples and one single, seven of the men and three women had died. Floyd, the one remaining man beside Les, had been having […]

Unwanted Anniversary – Conclusion

Friday is a good "conclusion" day, so here is the poem that concluded the chapter titled "Rivers of Entrophy," from This Path We Share. Hope it speaks to you in some way, in whatever space you occupy today. Rebirth Enter the Valley of Doubt and Despair certainly vanished strength fled Love no longer there Spend the duration […]