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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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Gratitude and Grief: Healing Ideas from Paul Bennett’s Loving Grief

It was easy to feel gratitude for our close marriage when my husband Vic was alive. Whether we were in a chemotherapy treatment room, in the stem cell transplant unit, or struggling with illness at home, we

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A Mother’s Blessing: Heart to Heart with an Alzheimer’s Patient

I lie next to my 84 year old mother, my strong sun-browned body facing her frail white one. She takes up so little space now. When I am with her, I am usually the mother, holding and

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Home with Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth

On bitter winter mornings, I am a devotee of Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth. I descend the wooden steps from my bedroom, shoulders shrugged against the cold, put my dog Willow outside in the shivering dawn,

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The Art of Argument: Essential Marriage Skills 101

We faced off in the upstairs bedroom, sitting on a mattress on the floor in the house on Cayuga Lake where we moved soon after our wedding in 1968.The afternoon light was low and the bedroom window

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Feminine Healing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2008

In February, prednisone gave Vic a prolonged energy surge. He longed to be alone and taste independence, and I wanted to think about something besides the timing of medicine and doctor’s appointments. Barbara Nowogrodzki, an artist, teacher,

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Ganesha: Patron of Writers and Lord of Beginnings

In 1994, my husband Vic received another rejection letter for his book Synchronicity, Science, and Soulmaking. He added the latest rebuff to a small stack of rejections sitting under the feet of a jade elephant statue on

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New Year’s Resolution: Let Loss Open My Heart to Kindness

Peter’s red pick-up was parked in the road when I got home just before dark. Peter often brings his dog Simo to my land for a run, but Peter’s long dark silhouette stood alone against the snow.

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A Quiet Christmas Morning: Love, Loss and Continuing Bonds

The house is quiet this Christmas morning. A coat of fresh snow decorates the hushed earth. Yesterday, my son David, his fiancé Liz, and their three dogs left for their home in North Carolina. This morning, my

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Solstice Blessings: A Family Ritual of Remembrance and Love

On the shortest day of 2010 when my sons were home to celebrate the holidays, I took a clipper and cloth bag on my morning forest walk and gathered evergreen boughs and pinecones. I picked up small

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