Listening to a lively commentary

One of the columns I enjoy most in our hometown newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, is from Rev. Bob Lively, Teacher-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Austin.  Pastor Bob’s commentary for this week was a true blessing for me in that the subject matter was the Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses book.  Certainly I am grateful for the attention called to the book.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy the column and remember to search out Bob’s future articles.

With gratitude, Melody

Doula resources: Perhaps in your area?

Death midwives help the living and the dying.”  This was the headline for an article that ran earlier this fall in the Austin American-Statesman about several individuals who help people who are dying and their families.  As the article points out, death midwives, also called death doulas, sit with those who are dying, and help families through the process in a variety of ways. 

Perhaps you or those you know might be helped by an end-of-life doula in your area.   Check out the Statesman article, and ask around for doula resources near you.  Melody

A tribute to Diana Sue …

The people of the State Capitol in Texas are among the greatest in the world.  For the first 10 years of my professional career, I had the privilege of working in the Texas House of Representatives and then the Texas Senate, both for and with some of the smartest, most caring and hardest-working individuals I’ve ever known. 

One such person who will always be etched in my mind is Diana Sue Brown who unfortunately passed away from brain and breast cancer earlier this year.  She will be missed dearly for years to come by all who were blessed to know her and work in her company.  Ken Herman wrote a great piece in the Austin American-Statesman about Susie Brown, the messenger with a smile.

We’ll miss and remember you always, Diana Sue.  Thanks for making the Capitol a better place to be.

Written in memory of Diana Sue Brown, 1957-2010