Lois Hjelmstad

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Compassion and courage for the times you need it.

A Sudden Mist of Tears

Today is my dear Mary Jo's birthday. She was eleven days younger than I. Four years ago I turned 78, but she died two days before she turned 78.  I saved this story for her birthday. Last week I walked up to buy some cosmetics at the Clinique counter in Macy's. A woman stood at the counter […]

Tribute to My Beloved Friend

It is four years ago today that my best friend and sister-in-law died of pancreatic cancer. As I look at her picture above my desk, I miss her as though it were yesterday. Mary Jo was generous, loving, kind. She worked tirelessly in her church, served countless dinners for Sons of Norway, read for the blind, […]