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Him and Me

Hello, Everyone! I hope this finds you doing well. Happy Monday! If you have lost someone you loved, then you know all about the anniversaries of those who have passed on. They can be hard. Yesterday was a tough day in some ways. I thought of how ten years ago

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Lifting Up Mental Health Awareness

This moment and photo made my heart smile big, and so I must share. I always assume anyone who reads my work knows who the characters in my life stories are. I had someone tell me awhile back that wasn’t true. In case you do not know, this is my

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Someone Else’s Healing

Do you ever stop and wonder if the people in your life come and go for a reason? What if every person is meant to be like medicine and come into our lives to heal some deep part of our psyche and our Soul? I’m not talking about someone dying.

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For God So Loved the World

When I was a little girl, I spent every Sunday with Granny Lollis in the Church of God of Prophecy. It was scary at times, but at the same time, there was a whole lot of love. I loved the love of the people there, and I loved the Spirit

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The Shack

We just recently saw the movie The Shack. I had read the book after Griffen passed on and the message it brought was one I desperately needed. Interestingly, it was published in May 2007, the same month and year that my little brother Griffen physically left our lives. The book

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Smiling Dolphins and Courage to Speak the Truth

  I used to be so courageous in life and in speaking my mind. I stood up to the school system, crooked sales associates and I stood up to a major international corporation. I was never afraid of anything in those days. Instead, I reveled in the challenge. It was

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An Eagle Scout, a Hail Storm, and Life Lessons

My husband Lee and I took our nephew Peter (above), to Greenville last Wednesday to celebrate his becoming an Eagle Scout on the prior  Sunday. The Eagle Scout ceremony was a tear jerker for me. I look at Peter and see a little boy who is becoming a man. The

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You Have to Ride My Harley Davidson

Photo Credit Spencer Stanton/Renata Parker I hardly ever meet a stranger but the truth is I am really introverted.   It feels like home to write and tell you about my life experiences with the hope that I might help you or another but feels somewhat uncomfortable when I tell

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Gerri and Flying Eagle

  This beautiful owl came to me as a gift from a friend who knows how much I love owls. It will go down as one of my most cherished gifts ever. I named her Gerri after the artist who created her. Isn’t she beautiful? Gerri came at a time

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Always Twenty

Dear Griffen, It’s your birthday! I miss you every day but even more on special occasions such as this. If you were here, we would be going to eat Japanese and celebrating you. I know that you never left and you know everything I am about to tell you. I’m

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All the Way to Heaven and Back: Surviving the Loss of a Loved One

Part crime drama, part self-help, but totally captivating, author Kimberly Lollis Parrish shares her powerful story of love, brutal loss, and crushing grief. When her baby brother Griffen was born, he captured the hearts of everyone who met him, and Kimberly loved him... Read More ›

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