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The True Ladder of Success

Some people seem to succeed at whatever they put their minds to, almost as if they attract success. They are positive and happy; they seem just to play at what they do. At the other extreme, you find pessimistic and negative people. Life for negative people is a serious business, often filled with struggle and punctuated with failure. Where do you see yourself on the ladder of success? […]

Grieving the Loss of a Daughter

My oldest daughter, Monique, died suddenly in December. It has been a difficult time, especially on top of the death of a son earlier in the year. As a parent I can’t help but ponder the “why” question. I wrote an article, Grieving the Death of a Child. The article is about grieving, not about alcohol use […] […]

Grieving the Death of a Child

My oldest daughter, the mother of my first grandchild and the grandmother of my two great grandchildren, died suddenly three weeks ago. She was my third child to go. Grief is an emotion we all will experience at some point in life. The loss through death of someone near to us is an inevitable part of life. Intellectually, we all get this truth, but experientially, it takes some of us a long time to get the lesson. […]