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Remember What You Love: Deep Friendship and Thriving Plants

“Do something you used to love, even if you don’t care about it right now,” my son David advised the spring after his dad died. “Then something you always loved will be waiting for you.” Gardening has […]

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For the Love of Trees: 2005

“Come on, Elaine, let’s dress up in our Hector regional costumes and take a photo for the party invitation.” “I have gardening to do, Vic. Let’s do it tomorrow.” “No, today,” Vic insists. “It’s a perfect day. […]

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Writing through the Rough Spots: Healing through Story

“Write a list of questions,” Ellen instructed. “Anything that comes to mind. Just let your pen flow across the page.” I sat around Ellen’s cozy table with a small group of students and began. “Will I ever […]

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California Hippie Capers: 1968

Vic and I were in Palo Alto at the Free University Psychodrama Commune where residents were free to express every feeling and do what they wanted as long as they told the truth about it. Robb Crist […]

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When I Leave My Home: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

I arranged glass canning jars on the wooden shelves in the cellar to please my eye—apricots between red cherries and crimson tomatoes, purple red plums next to pink tinged peaches. A rainbow of jams filled the higher […]

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Permeated by Peace: In the Dalai Lama’s Presence, 1989

A friend with connections told us to gather near a small gray door in the back of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium before 7 a.m. After a guard turned the lock, we filed into an empty auditorium […]

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My Wedding Ring, My Lucky Charm

I took my wedding ring off on the first anniversary of my husband Vic’s death. The next morning, I put it back on. Vic dead. Me alive. Definitely still married. I removed the ring a few months […]

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Tish Pearlman: An interview and poetry about Life and Death

On Sunday afternoon, I went to the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts to hear Tish Pearlman, the Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, read her work. Tish interviewed me for her award winning radio show Out of Bounds […]

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How I Learned to Trust a Man

Grandpa Ware smelled like cinnamon toast, steaming cow pies, and brown soap. His wrinkled cheeks were soft against my face if he had shaved or scratchy when he hadn’t. He covered his wispy white hair and sun […]

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Falling in Love with Marion Woodman: 2003

“Who do you want to see more than anyone?” Vic asked in an excited voice. It was unusual for him to call from his office in the middle of a work day. “I don’t know,” I answered. […]

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