A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter’s Grief Memoir

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This book is from my heart--me at my most vulnerable. I poured my heart and soul into it, and I hope that it helps you in your process.
Book Description

When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.”

 

Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her deep sorrow and gradual recovery. Now she has gathered those verses into her first collection, A Time to Grow Up.

 

Horner-Miller discusses the emotional challenges of caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Her words will strike a chord with any worried caretaker or child watching over ailing but fiercely independent loved ones.

 

As Horner-Miller explores the nuances of bereavement through her poetry, she provides inspiration and comfort for readers coping with the same burdens. While many of her poems explore the depths of her anguish, others exude humor and warmth—a reminder that there is still always light in the world.

 

In addition to her poems, Horner-Miller includes biographical sketches about her mother and her father, as well as appendices that provide coping tips, suggested activities, and resources for others dealing with intense bereavement.

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The author Larada Horner-Miller utilizes the power of poetry to share about the loss of her parents. She pours from her heart, and one can feel the love Larada has for her parents, and how they impacted her life. This was a beautiful experience to read this heartfelt book.

-- T R Williams

The author's words are so descriptive that I felt her pain, her love and her loss as she described her experiences. I felt the deep bond between mother and daughter and how much a mother can influence a daughter's life.

-- Gale Askren

About the Author ▸ Larada Horner-Miller

Larada Horner-Miller has a new book project: the authorized biography of Marshall Flippo, the most well-known square dance caller in the world. It will be released in November, 2019. Larada’s most recent book is A Time to Grow Up-A Daughter’s Grief Memoir. Through a series of poignant poems and reflections, she celebrates her parents’ legacies, mourns their deaths, and offers words of comfort and inspiration for others who are grieving. Witness Larada’s evolutionary rites of passage. She loves the southwest and her family and it shows! All of her other books are set in southeastern Colorado and relate somehow to her family. She is the author of When Will Papa Get Home?, This Tumbleweed Landed; From Grannie’s Kitchen Cookbook, Volume 1 & 2; and Let Me Tell You a Story. Earlier in her publishing career, she was the coauthor of Branson-Trinchera Historic Photos with Tom Cummins, a collection of photos of the Branson and Trinchera area dating back to 1917. In her professional life, she published Building Capacity with the Common Core State Standards for ELA-Literacy with Karen White. She gained a BA in English, with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in education, and a MEd in integrating technology into the curriculum. She is now retired after a twenty-seven-year career teaching middle school. She co-owns and manages a ranch in southeastern Colorado with her brother. “The Philly Place” now is on her aunt’s ranch. Her imagination was sparked after she found a marble while exploring this old homestead on her family ranch. Her book, When Will Papa Get Home? is set at the “The Philly Place.” Two of Larada’s books were selected to be finalist for the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. This Tumbleweed Landed is a finalist in the Biography Other (memoirs and autobiographies) category. This book is a collection of prose and poetry about growing up in a small ranching community in southeastern Colorado during the fifties and the sixties. When Will Papa Get Home? is a finalist in the Historical Fiction category. Larada mixes a factual story she grew up with about a cattle thief with fiction, creating the character of Maria. In the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, Larada is finalist in three categories: When Will Papa Get Home? for Historical Fiction and A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter’s Grief Memoir for Biography (Other) and Ebook Nonfiction. She and her husband, Lin, live in the east mountains above Albuquerque, New Mexico, near the village of Tijeras. She enjoys dancing, traveling, knitting, and reading. Her cat, Jesse, assists her with many of her endeavors.