Review- Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Two thumbs up from me for Brené Brown's new book Rising Strong! ... I love her ability to take common experiences and frame them in a very relatable way that helps the reader understand that this lady gets it.  She has been there, done that, and done deep work to progress in her relationships with herself and also others.  In this book she takes her experiences and knowledge (she is a Ph.D and LMSW) to give concrete advice that the average person can use to move forward and grow. 

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Heavenly Closeness

My late husband always feels close.  There are times that his presence is palpable though, and at those times, Abby The Labbu seems to feel it too. 

His professional cooking supplies have always been kept in the basement at the bottom of the stairs.  They remain there, and every now and then Abby will act like Larry is down there puttering around.  She is doing it tonight- I wonder if we are having a visit from my angel in heaven.  

She opened the basement door with her nose, (I rarely latch it, so it is simple for her, though she doesn't do it often,) and stood at the top of the stairs, staring down.  She paced around a bit, and tried to get my attention by whining, then laid down and stared down the stairwell, like she has always done when one of us went down there.   


I believe that our loved ones who pass never actually leave us.  It is so reassuring to know that I am not the only one in the house to know when Larry is here, paying a visit and sending his love.