Real Life: The Deepest Kind of Loss
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As a school psychologist, I’ve grown familiar with being a first responder to crisis and grief. We are well versed in the stages of grief and have the resources at hand whenever there is a crisis. When the deepest kind … Want More?

A Cure for the Holiday Blues
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 With all the hustle and bustle, merrymaking and cheer, I can’t help but remember that this season can be such a bittersweet time for many of us.  As time marches on, most of us experience loss, heartbreak and bittersweet memories,  made … Want More?

Paris On My Mind…today and always.
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Paris 2006 It’s a rainy Sunday morning here on the hill in Chico today. Normally, a steaming cup of coffee, with rain splashing on the window, creates a cozy feel, but my mind is on Paris–and her people–again today. That line from … Want More?

The Power of Friendship and Best Friends!
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On this, my 300th post on Stylemindchic LIfe, I want to share a personal story of someone near and dear to me and the power of friendship in my life. I tend to have many friendly acquaintances and only a … Want More?

The Love of a Father
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I’ve learned about the love of a father from my extraordinary dad, James Curtis Orr. My dad cared for me, his first-born adopted baby girl, with tenderness, generosity, humor, faith, and unconditional love. He passed away five years ago, but … Want More?

Musings on Friendship and Loss…….for Rita Hoshino
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via Technology can be our best friend or our worst nightmare. Facebook brought a love story to someone very special to me here,and it announced the passing of an extraordinary friend of mine for 35 years on my iPhone lock screen … Want More?

Breathless…Miscarriage and a Loss Remembered
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Breathless…. a loss remembered. It was just a flash, out of the corner of my eye, as they walked passed the end of the aisle of the Target store yesterday. A mother and daughter, arms casually entwined, sharing a laugh. A … Want More?

Without Our Dads Where Would We Be?
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My Dad, James Curtis Orr           I thought I would be fine…..              as I opened up the Father’s Day post I wrote last year.  I thought I would be fine…… but … Want More?

Hearts Break……….
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Truly, there are no words……Sending wishes for comfort, love, prayers, peace and hope; I feel so hollow in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, yesterday. Precious young children and selfless educators were taken……………….absolutely, hideous, horrific and senseless. If it can happen there….it can … Want More?

Heartfelt Thank You for Your Service
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A heartfelt thank you for your military service.  Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Dixon, California To my dad, Dr. James Curtis Orr, who served as an Army Captain.  To Mark Emory Chamberlain, my dear friend Deborah’s husband, who is also buried … Want More?

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