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My Mother’s Blessing: Touching Hearts with an Alzheimer’s Patient

Hill Haven Nursing Home, 1999 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 […]

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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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Whispers and Roars: Surviving the Turmoil of Tinnitus

By late October, words were whispers, mumblings in the dark, puzzles to be solved. I tiptoed between them, guessing at consonants, clinging to vowels like life preservers. Weeks earlier, my hearing loss was manageable with a small […]

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My Hippie Wedding: May 18, 1968

My mom gives me $100 to cover my wedding expenses. I make a lacy yellow mini-dress and pull my straight hair back with a yellow ribbon. We choose a silver wedding ring that says in Hebrew, “He […]

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