Where Have I Been All My Life?: A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness

Where Have I Been All My Life?: A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness

by Cheryl Rice


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Where Have I Been All My Life? is a compelling memoir recounting one woman’s journey through grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness to wholeness and healing. It begins with the chillingly sudden death of Rice’s mother, and is followed by her foray into the center of mourning. With wisdom, grace, and humor, Rice recounts the grief games she plays in an effort to resurrect her mother; her efforts to get her therapist, who she falls desperately in love with, to run away with her; and the transformation of her husband from fantasy man to ordinary guy to superhero. In the process, she experiences aching revelations about her family and her past—and realizes what she must leave behind, and what she can carry forward with her.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529177
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Rice is a professional speaker and coach. Her essays have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cactus Heart, and Cure Magazine. Rice has master’s degrees in both psychological services and organization development, as well as a professional coach designation. She also has twenty-five years of experience in leadership and personal development, and through her company, Your Voice Your Vision, she inspires women striving to be leaders in their own lives.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Homesick 1

April Fools' Day 9

David 15

Promises to Keep 17

Losing It 23

Eye Contact 29

Unavailable: A Brief History of My Not-So-Romantic Life 35

Grief Games 45

Love and Longing 49

Kelly 51

A Daughter's Choice 61

Calling in the One 63

Hunger 69

Offers Fie Couldn't Refuse … Until He Did 77

Mom, Where Are You? 83

I Can't Hear You 97

They Did the Best They Could 99

Embedded 113

Couch Surfing 119

Dark Chocolate and True Crime 125

Into the Woods 131

Disconnected 133

My Saving Gracie 139

Letter to My Unborn Child 145

WWMD? (What Would Mom Do?) 151

Finally, a Flurry-Okay, an Avalanche-of Anger 165

Game Day 171

Worlds Collide 179

Finding Frieda: A Dream Remembered 183

Ghostwriter 187

Out of the Woods and into My Life 191

Strike Up the Band 197

I Married the Green Lantern 201

Dear Mom 203

Acknowledgments 209

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