Monday, January 28, 2013

Spirit Connections internet radio show interview

I'm looking forward to being on Donna Voll's Spirit Connections Internet radio show tomorrow evening (Tuesday, January 29, at 5 p.m. Eastern time (2 p.m. Pacific time)). I hope you will be able to listen in. Here's her description for this show:

On Spirit Connections
Tuesday January 29th, 2013
Donna Voll with guest Claire Ann Stevenson
A Mother's Tears, Poems of Heartbreak, Loss, and Discovery

A year and a half after the tragic loss of her son, poetry started flowing from Claire Ann Stevenson. The release of her pain and anguish provided through this amazing outpouring helped facilitate her healing, and is offered here to help others heal. Those suffering similar loss will find hope and strength in her poems.

This show will be archived if you are unable to listen to it at air time tomorrow.

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Thousand Miles

I had a doctors appointment recently for a six month check up. While I was there I pointed out this big bump that had developed on my little finger.  The doctor said that it was a cyst and that he would drain it.  He went to get a big needle and some freezing spray.   I was wondering if it was going to be a painful procedure. While he was gone I decided to talk to my son on the "other side".  I asked Graham to be with me and that I hoped it wouldn't be too uncomfortable.  The next thing I knew I was hearing the song, "A Thousand Miles" play.   I posted that song on my facebook page just ten days ago!   I really like that song because I would (and will) do anything to see my son again.   I had to smile.  Graham was letting me know he was with me.  By the way, it wasn't painful at all having the cyst removed.  Here is the link to this great song, performed by Vanessa Carlton -
The boots on the right in this picture are my son's.  He loved these boots and was wearing them when he passed.  I recently bought a pair of boots that reminded me of his.  They are the boots on the left in this picture.  I feel that I am walking the path that Graham blazed before me.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Silent Lucidity

Image from New World - What Is a Spirit Guide?
My husband and I were driving over to visit my parents recently. As my husband was driving I was on our smart phone going through my facebook news feed. I found a post about spirit guides (What Is a Spirit Guide? by New World - click on "See More" below the linked image to see the post) that I thought was interesting. I read it aloud to my husband. Right after that a song came on the radio that caught my attention. I used the Shazam app to find out the name of the song and artist - "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche. The song played and Shazam showed the lyrics. The words brought me to tears - I really liked these lines:

If you open your mind for me
You won't rely on open eyes to see

The walls you built within
Come tumbling down
And a new world will begin

I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you

My husband pointed out that it seemed very odd that this song played right after reading the spirit guide post. Here is the song on youtube with the complete lyrics:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GRACS (pronounced as GRACE)

I just had my 6th Art class.  I am delighted with this painting that I did.  It's amazing what we can do if we just give it a try.  I think this expresses the sentiments in my Dance With the Divine poem beautifully.  I am signing my paintings as GRACS (pronounced as GRACE).  That is combining the first three letters of my son's name, Graham, with my initials CS.  I am looking forward to where this journey will take me.

Dance With the Divine

I want to dance with life's melody,
In perfect joy and harmony,
No discordant notes to hear,
Just lovely music in my ear.

With the rhythm I will flow,
Twirling and bending as I go,
Gracefully moving, in perfect accord,
With the steps I came here for.

In attunement with the divine,
Aware that everything is by design,
The strains of love will always play,
To gently lift my cares away.

Copyright © C.A. Stevenson 2009

Friday, January 11, 2013

Say His Name

I thought this was an excellent article.  Jackie Moore shares some great guidance in coping with grief.  Her biggest advice is to say your loved ones names.  Talk about them.  Share their stories.  Keep them alive in hearts and memory. They will always be a part of our lives.

Jackie Moore: Say His Name

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I Will Wait for You

The past several days have been melancholy for me.   I think this is fairly normal after the holidays are over for the bereaved.   I was very busy and now everyone has gone home and my husband is back to work.  The distractions are over and it's back to what is.
My son, Graham, had a sweater that he particularly liked.  He wore it often.  I have a picture of him wearing it from our last Christmas with him in 2006.  He is standing with his dad and his grandpa (my dad).  I felt the need to wear his sweater today.   I also wore the boots I recently bought that are a lot like the boots he had and loved.  I then put on the ring that we gave him for that last Christmas.  He wore it every day.  I made a quick trip for a few things at the grocery.  When I was returning home a song played on the radio that I hadn't heard before.   I felt it was a message from Graham.  I kept hearing the lines, "I will wait for you."  It brought tears to my eyes.  I looked it up when I got home.  It's by Mumford and Sons.  Here it is to listen to -  Thank you, Graham, my sweet boy.  I know you wait for me. ♥