Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

By Lori Welch Brown Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Dear Dad, This is gonna be a tough one—our first Father’s Day without you.  That was hard to even type without crying.  I hate this so much.  I hate not talking to you every day.  I hate not being able to call you or hold your hand.  […]

May is for Moms, Memories, and Moving Forward

By Lori Welch Brown May is for Moms, Memories, and Moving Forward May is a bittersweet month for me.  All those ads for finding that perfect Mother’s Day gift make me sad.  It’s been 15 years since I’ve had the opportunity to splurge on a pair of earrings for Mom.  I miss her every single […]

Are We There Yet?

By Lori Welch Brown Are We There Yet? Has everyone received their vaccines?  Some of you are on the fence, and I get it.  It’s been a scary year, and all this pandemic stuff is unprecedented, not to mention confusing.  It’s hard to know what to do, when to do it, and where to do […]

Quieting the Worry Machine

By Lori Welch Brown I don’t know about y’all, but in 2020, unbeknownst to me, I upgraded my internal worry machine to a sleek new turbo model.  What a monster machine! It came with auto shut off, but it pretty much ran 24/7 and revved up with the slightest amount of fuel. One little thought, […]

On Valentine’s Day:  Why Not Go BIG?

Open Space By Lori Welch Brown   On Valentine’s Day:  Why Not Go BIG?   This year calls for shaking things up, and I’m starting with Valentine’s Day. Why should the day of love be reserved for weak-kneed, liver-quivering adolescents desperate to get the attention of their first crushes? Or twenty-somethings who finally have an […]

The Gift of Letting Go

By Lori Welch Brown   The Gift of Letting Go My brothers and I laid our beloved father to rest on December 19, 2020.  It was a lovely service complete with military honors and a chorus of Amazing Grace.  When he died on December 10 from complications due to COVID-19, he was 19 days shy […]

A Holiday to Remember: If Only for the Lesson in Gratitude

Open Space By Lori Welch Brown A Holiday to Remember If Only for the Lesson in Gratitude I have to admit, I’ve experienced some pretty crappy holidays.  Ghosts of Christmas’ past still haunt me.  Too many years to count as a single adult vanquished to the kiddie table.  The year Mom was sick, and I […]

Changes in Gratitude & Changes in Attitude…

By Lori Welch Brown Changes in Gratitude & Changes in Attitude… …Nothing remains quite the same. Gratitude has been part of my daily practice for quite some time, but this year required adding a whole new level.  My list of things to be grateful for changed from things like family, friends, and wellness to medical […]

Stepping Out of the Twilight Zone

By Lori Welch Brown Stepping Out of the Twilight Zone It’s officially against the law to write about anything other than COVID, fear, and angst.  I jest, but I mean what else is there?  The election?  No thank you.  Oregon fires?  Scary.  RBG’s death?  Depressing.  Is Beth Dutton coming back next season on Yellowstone?  Mind […]

The Long and Winding Road to September

By Lori Welch Brown The Long and Winding Road to September I can’t wait for 2020 to be in our rearview mirrors, but I’m almost afraid of what lurks behind Door #2021.  This year has been a wild and crazy ride to our own backyards, testing facilities, Zoom meetings, etc.  Personally, it seems like the […]