Weekend Wisdom


Well crazy is turning out to be a good word for this year. There is a lot going on the past 3 or 4 weeks and it is not letting up anytime soon.

However, I did spent some relaxing time with family including a nice “calm” boat ride yesterday. (sorry this video is so big, should have shot it in landscape mode)

Selfie at High Speed

May you be blessed with moments that make you say WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.


What Widows Want

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” 

Henry James

Yes, widows are human (there are those who think we are aliens) and want appreciation.  We want to be appreciated for what we have been through and the fact that we are still standing.  We’ve taken a punch and gotten back up – just like Rocky.

Getting back up says a lot because I know widows who never get any farther in their grief recovery than day one.  Even 7 years later, they are no better than day one.

Our experience has taught us new lessons (friends abandon you) and reinforced old ones (always kiss me goodnight) and changed our perspective about some lessons (the heck with “goodnight”, just always kiss me.)

So in this “Love Boat” month don’t forget about widows.  Send a card letting them know you appreciate them for getting back up after getting knocked down.