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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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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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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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