Grief: The Hardest Journey

Grief: The Hardest Journey

by Jennifer N. Fenwick January 17 marks three years since my best friend was taken. Three years since I last heard her voice, saw her smile. I've felt her absence in every day that has passed, and wished with all my heart I could spend just one more moment in her presence. Alisa with her [...]

Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today would have been my Father’s 82nd birthday. Each year, around this time I find myself reflecting on his life. On the man he was and on the continued impact he has on my life. My father was so many things to me. My father, yes, but so much more. His was a calming presence [...]

There’s Magic In You

Congratulations to my two beautiful nieces! I cannot wait to see where your journeys take you next! It’s graduation season. And like every year, the excitement, the promise, the energy of new beginnings is in the air. I’ve always loved this time of year. Especially when I was still teaching. Watching my students embrace their [...]

Raindrops and Buttons

Raindrops and Buttons

I love the sound of rain. However, the sound of rain on a tin or metal roof is something else altogether. It brings to mind childhood afternoons with my Nana. My Nana, Mary Murphy Chaknis, was born in 1911 in County Cork, Ireland. Her family was poor, and by the time Nana had reached her [...]

The Eye of the Storm

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, our lives and homes were forever altered. Hurricane Michael blew through the Panhandle region of Florida and left a path of immense destruction in his wake. Nothing would ever be the same. Though we'd prepared, on the morning of October 10, at 4:30 am, John and I decided staying in [...]