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mom died on monday

Mom died on Monday

Mom died on Monday 1896 2560 Nicole
Mom died on Monday.
It was sudden,
it was eternal.
She was vivid and beautiful and passionate
and terrified of being alone;
she was never alone

and always lonely.

Mom loved completely though rarely
rested in it, remained with it, held by it;

love was a memory.

Love fueled her fierce protection
of her children, the defense
of her grandchildren, especially
of the ones who also found love’s solidity

Mom was brilliant and generous and thoughtful
and selfish,
ready to give away her things, her time,
her opinions,
at once lavishing praise and
the cutting remark,


Mom knew God, strained to know God
and doubted every encounter;
yet she persisted, constant in
her faith.

Mom’s faith, first aroused by love,
the love of her life,
who left her too soon with
four young children and a lifetime
of grief, yet

love never failed.

Today we bury Suzanne Jean Albright Oliver
Mom’s ashes share space with the ashes
of her lover,
reunited in dust and dirt, the earth
rejoices and gives birth to earth’s solidity,
solidity of love—

accompanied, present, constant, revealed—

unfailing, love.
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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO, MI).

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