Zen and the Art of Writing an Obituary

December 11, 2014 6:13 PM

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Like so many other people I know, the holiday season is by far he most difficult time of the year for me. Seeing the stores and promenades decked and hollied, a shopping frenzy all around, and mountains of candy and baked goods doesn't fill me with Bing Crosby-esque joy, but instead taps into all my insecurities, inferiority and stirs up memories of troubled childhood Christmases.

I intuitively know that these feelings are not really "rational" in that it's been many years since I've left that dysfunctional birth family behind and since then have crafted a beautiful family with my loving and supportive wife. But every year, I can feel myself tumbling back into that dark place...

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