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It’s a Wrap

September 1st, 2011 by judytalks

I’ve just about finished formatting my first ebook. Whew! For someone who remembers home milk delivery, it’s quite an accomplishment. I think I’ve read through the instructions at least four times, but now I’m looking forward to uploading an image for the cover and sending it off.

My book is about managing your money, a departure from my usual topics of grief and loss. However, the enormous numbers and varieties of loss we’ve experienced have prompted me to address financial security. The loss of anything dear to you causes grief and there is a sense of mourning that takes place. I’ve had material on this subject in my computer for quite awhile and it seemed like a good time to develop a clear theme and offer it as a practical guide.

It’s always satisfying to complete a project. Most of mine become labor intensive because I’m continually doing research, in case I missed something. This topic, everyday money management, had me looking at papers, articles, and books from both men and women in several fields. Business owners, financial planners, money gurus, and social commentators have all shed light on the what and why of good planning, especially for women. When I lost my husband, with three children living at home, I had to learn quickly how to earn for the present and secure for the future. Experience is, indeed, the best teacher.

Wrapping up my first digital project lets me breathe a sigh of relief – until the next project. I think I’ve mastered most of the essentials, but there’s always “try, try again” if you don’t succeed the first time. I also know when to call the grandchildren.

Wishing you well,


The Year of Magical Planning

March 12th, 2011 by judytalks

A Child’s Grief was published in January, 2010. Even before the manuscript was edited, I began putting together a marketing plan that would inform and encourage grievers and those who help them to become educated about death, grief and loss.

To date, I have reached many, many people. Groups, organizations, in-person discussions, and online social networking has spread the notion that death education doesn’t have to come after the fact in our society. We can learn how to help ourselves and others.

I am gratified to see more openness on this subject, more willingness to talk and listen, more groups and centers that address all the aspects of recovery and healing.

My recent 1st place book award from Reader Views 2010 Book Award contest has given me pleasure and encouragement that I am living my passion. Keeping you informed about bereavement is my heart’s desire, motivated first because I am a survivor, then, as an educator and writer. My most recent endeavor, to become a grief facilitator for grieving children and families strengthens my resolve to forge ahead.

Please avail yourself of the resources on these personal and important subjects on my website, www.survive-strong.com. When trauma strikes, the more you know before hand, the better you will emerge from the awfulness that is mourning. I wish you well.


Be My Valentine

February 14th, 2010 by judytalks

Valentine’s Day is when you tell those you love how much they mean to you. Cards, flowers, candy, dinners, special gifts, and quiet times together speak from one heart to another. My favorite valentine gift would be a large potted pink azalea that would last for months. But the best valentine ever is the one expressed on any given day that says I love you just the way you are. This is a valentine everyone needs to hear, especially children.
My book, A Child’s Grief, came out in January, so I have children on my mind as I work out a plan to communicate the importance of helping grieving children who suffer loss. Their need for comfort and security is boundless. Daily verbal valentines and kind gestures do wonders on their path to healing.

The rest of my day will be spent with my valentine. I wish you a happy day.


Business/Pleasure Vacations

October 9th, 2009 by judytalks

I’m learning what constitutes a vacation that combines business interests and family visits. We arrived in the Twin Cities on 9/11, with appointments and plans in place. For the most part, everything has gone well. But it takes flexibility and a sense of humor to survive and thrive.
I lived here for over 40 years, so I’m familiar with the geographical location of most places. However, I soon realized I had forgotten exactly how I got there. For some reason, streets, highways, and landmarks change. I’ve done considerable driving around, looking for something I knew was just around the corner, only to discover it had moved 2 blocks or access to it was nowhere in sight.
My book, A Child’s Grief Surviving the Death of a Parent will be out in early November. It’s a wonderful feeling to complete something so dear to my heart. And I’m very pleased with the finished product. The work that goes into the publication of a book is a learning process and I’m anxious to hold this book in my hands.
Children are vulnerable; grieving children are especially so. And there are a surprising number of them. One in twenty children will lose a parent by the time they are a senior in high school. Incredible! Factor in the difficult economic and personal upheaval taking place in our nation. Every loss causes grief and when families/parents lose jobs, homes, financial stability, the children suffer from a sense of insecurity and uncertainty about their family’s wellbeing.
Our visits to family were scheduled around school, sports, and sickness. Flu and walking pneumonia put a crunch on activities, but we managed to have some great get-togethers. More family arrived early Oct. and more plans were made. We make the most of those hours and days we can spend with loved ones. Sometimes they’re few and far between.
We leave next week to return to AZ. It’s cooler there now and snow is threatening here. I promised myself I’d leave town before a blizzard. Seeing the leaves turn has been the icing on the cake. I’ve missed that the last 7 years. Hope all is well with you.

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