Barbara Allen (Underwood) Shaw

Barbara Allen (Underwood) Shaw, 48, of Houston Texas, died June 8, 2010.

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Live life consciously.

Most people let life happen to them. Live life consciously. Choose rather than simply accepting.

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A memory

A good memory from my life with Barbara, that would not have happened but for her, and her famed intuition.

The Raven's Nest

Yesterday was an incredible day for me.

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Life with Barbara

Four years have come and gone since Barbara left this life, and moved on to whatever comes next. Many times I have considered trying to write about our life together, but it always seemed too painful. I will try again, today.

Life with Barbara was, in many ways, wonderful beyond comprehension. She loved me just as I was. She encouraged, and assisted, me to allow my true self to shine. I remember clearly the first time she said to me: “You are happier as a woman. I want you to be happy.” We had been together about a year at that point, but had been friends for about three years before we became a couple. She knew about my dysphoria before we started dating. She was my closest friend then, and that continued until the day she passed.
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I of I

I know some of you are already rolling your eyes at the sugary sweet memory I am about to share, and some of you have no idea what is coming. Continue reading

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Mental Health Days

Responsible people work on weekdays. And responsible people take their children to school on weekdays. Except that occasionally, they don’t. Barbara used to occasionally do what she called “Mental Health Days”, where she would simply take her kids out of school for no reason other than that they were stressing and needed a break. They would spend an afternoon, or sometimes the day, just doing something completely unrelated to what they were stressing over.

I highly recommend the practice.

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Newly discovered photo

Barbara Shaw - 23-Nov-1993

Barbara Shaw - 23-Nov-1993

According to the writing on the back of the photo, Carl and Delores Underwood are the other two adults in the photo. The child is not identified.

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A Family Legend

Her father was Cherokee. He told her this story, and this is how she told it, verbatim, to a mutual friend. Continue reading

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Another getting to know her post

In her own words, in response to one of those meme emails.
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