Grief is a sacred journey

Health

Toss Out the Illness, Save the Love

A few months after my husband Vic’s death, I opened the kitchen cabinet to get my vitamins as I did every morning. My eyes drifted to Vic’s medicines on a higher shelf, but I didn’t avert my […]

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Waiting for Another Dance

My brother Jim was under anesthesia for the second time in five days. I worried and waited for news from his wife or my niece. He was weakened by chemo, radiation, and major surgery. This was an […]

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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Body

This is the first of three Survival Guides. I’ll post “Soul” and “Spirit” in coming weeks. During my husband’s illness and after his death, grief exhausted me. Who cared about staying healthy? Some part of me did, […]

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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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Vegetarian Minestrone: Self-Care for Body and Soul

I took excellent care of my husband Vic when he was ill, but I sometimes falter at self-care now that I’m on my own. I felt dizzy and tired this week after driving too many hours, drinking […]

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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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Hearing with Heart: Grieving for Lost Sound

Her brows scrunched together and her hand covered her mouth to hide her feelings. Her eyes said she was saying something important, but I wasn’t wearing my hearing aids and heard nothing. Not a sound. Blank space. […]

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Better Than Your Grandma’s Marinara

When my husband Vic and I got serious about healthy eating in 1967, his mom Virginia gave me a copy of Let’s Cook It Right by Adele Davis. Vic was not thrilled with bran molasses cookies and […]

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Creating Community with Pie: Inspired by “Making Piece” by Beth Howard

Pie is community glue, its very own language of love. “That blueberry looks just like the pie my grandma baked,” one grizzly old guy tells me at the Hector Fireman’s Fair. I grin and laugh and ask […]

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Angry Faces, Churning Water: Fracking Industry Threatens Seneca Lake

In July 2012, Tony Ingraham of Walk in the Park made my blog “Angry Faces, Placid Water: Fracking, LPG Gas Storage and Seneca Lake” into this video. Inergy, a Kansas City based company, was working on their […]

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