Life as I see it (01/17/2018)


Along the way in this life of mine I’ve met a few people who I determined were real. These are the folks that loved me and mine, and no matter what may have changed in our lives, I never doubted that they did.

Earlier this month we lost one of these people. Marli (Nana) Wicka. Nana always had a smile for us. She joked, shed hugged and she welcomed. She had one of the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen.

I have spent many hours over the years, enjoying visits with her. She came to the Craigo Clan through marriage. She remained in our hearts as one of our own.
I will miss my time with Nana. I admired her for who she was, how she treated us and the great laugh she always shared. Like many of us, she saw her own struggles in life, but I can’t recall ever hearing her complain.

I’ve faced a few challenges of my own, and I can’t say I was never a whiner. I’ve done more than my share of whining if the truth be told.

I like to think that by association with stronger women such as Nana, I may have learned a few things.

I feel as if I have grown in spirit, wisdom and strength, and it is without a doubt because of the strong women in my life. Nana was one of those women. God bless her sweet soul.

Just as we learn from our parents, we also learn from the experience of others. Those are lessons to which we should listen and value.

Life is a learning process. I like to think I still have much to learn and I especially like to think I still have time to learn it.

The weekend was a pleasure. As planned we gathered with friends at the annual crab and steak feed. I always cherish my time with friends that have become family.

Unfortunately we were once again skunked on the raffle items. There where a few things we would have liked to win, but it was not to be.

It’s a new day and the beginning of a new week. This week it is back to Grimes to work more on my folks’ house. We are making progress, and I admit I do kind of enjoy my little retreats at my childhood home. Although I know that will end when the home is sold, I am also anxious to sell. I want nothing more than to see our beloved home be once again filled with a family. If not ours, another family who will love it and build in it memories such as we did.

Things are rapidly changing in our lives these days. Already in 2018 we have made some decisions that will alter our future plans, we’ve gained new people in our lives, and we have lost some folks whose memories we will cherish.

Things change daily in all of our lives. There’s some good stuff, and there are challenges. What we know and cling to is however the fact that there is a plan. Whatever comes our way in the plan was ultimately laid out for us.

Meanwhile; Life is good today.

— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. Email her at

Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at