When Mother’s Day is Hard

Cynthia L. Eppley 05/09/2021 Mother’s Day It is a holiday that we celebrate and dread, all at the same time.There is a certain amount of loss associated with being a mother.Often, we don’t talk about it.But it lingers, right beneath the surface; at times it bubbles over into our presence….like on Mother’s Day. Bereaved Mother’sContinue reading “When Mother’s Day is Hard”

Mother’s Day Without your Mom

Cynthia L. Eppley 05/05/2021 Mother’s Day We are coming up on Mother’s Day this coming weekend. Already you see the signs around you: circulars are chock full of gift ideas for Mom. Flowers abound in the stores. Perfumes and chocolates. Walk into a card shop and you’ll be met with rows of cards—from the sillyContinue reading “Mother’s Day Without your Mom”

Cornbread and Buttermilk

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/19/2020 I’ve been on a baking spree recently, baking cornbread. Now, I love cornbread as much as the next person, but this has a background.A recipe was posted online that was from a Grandmother. It was a family favorite and often requested. It beat out homemade rolls and bread.And the love ofContinue reading “Cornbread and Buttermilk”

Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/12/2020 Hard Holidays As a Counselor, I found the Holiday times to be particularly troubling to my clients. Sure, there is the stress of decorating, cleaning, setting tables, and gifts bought and wrapped. I’d say 90% of my counseling from Nov1-Jan 15 involved “Holiday issues” including “family issues.” But I also sawContinue reading “Grief and Loss During the Holidays”

Special Needs and COVID

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Special Needs and COVID The Pandemic of the past 3 months have been challenging for all of us. Restlessness, boredom, fear and anxiety abound. Haircuts and coloring are needed by many. But a special group—those children with Special Needs, goes beyond this scope. Routine We thrive on routine and predicability. TheContinue reading “Special Needs and COVID”

Senior Class 2020

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Senior Class 2020 Spring 2020 What a season it has been for our students.My niece and nephew have braces that were to come off, after years of anticipation. Only to have that time extended because of COVID-19. To them it seems like an eternity. Another nephew was to take his driver’sContinue reading “Senior Class 2020”

How do we Get Through Quarantine?

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA How do we Get through Quarantine? We’ve examined the what of our current situation.But what about how we are to live?There are several key components to get through this in a healthy fashion. 1. Keep a Routine If you are not going to work, avoid the temptation of sleeping in until noon. Get up andContinue reading “How do we Get Through Quarantine?”

Grief 102

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Grief 102 In a previous post, I explored the different parts of the Grief Cycle and how we process through it. But I’m feeling pretty lousy, and I don’t know why. Grief affects us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is the emotional response to loss. And earlier we discussed just howContinue reading “Grief 102”

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