Grief is a sacred journey

My Land and Home

Our First Home: Cayuga Lake 1968

35 “It’s $110 a month,” Mrs. Schooley told us. “$110 a month?” I wasn’t sure we could swing it. “$110 a month, including heat and electric,” she said. That was one third of Vic’s graduate student stipend.

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Lost and Found in My Own Backyard

54 4 I met Robin Botie in the oncology ward kitchen at Strong Hospital in Rochester in 2008. We leaned our weary bodies against Formica counters and whispered our sad tales while warming food in the microwave

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My Creative Dilemma: Push Ahead or Yield?

17 1 If I only push harder, I’ll catch a tailwind and launch my book. This month it will be finished, I said in August. I said it again in September. Burn those engines on high heat

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Governor Cuomo: We Won’t Let You Frack New York

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12 On August 27, 2012, people from all over New York State marched to the capital building in Albany and delivered 3,200 pledges to resist fracking to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Hundreds of small environmental organizations joined under

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Small Goodbyes: Opening the Heart to Loss and Love

56 6 1 Being alone was all right, as long as nobody came and left again.  — Das Blauekleid (The Blue Dress) by Doris Doerrie, translated by Ellen Schmidt At 1:00 am, I look out my bedroom

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Angry Faces, Churning Water: Fracking Industry Threatens Seneca Lake

68 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

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My Mysterious Home: Love, Loss and Continuing Bonds

33 6 1 When will the house need a roof? When does the septic tank need pumping? How do I hook up the generator when the power goes out? How many cords of firewood do we burn

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Flowers for the Living, Flowers for the Dead

20 4   “Go ahead. Arrange and rearrange the stones on top of your beloved’s grave. Keep arranging those stones for as long as it hurts to do it, then stop just before you really want to.

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Civil Disobedience against the Vietnam War at Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NY: 1967

9 I lean into Vic, tucking my shoulder under his arm. Feeling me tremble, he unzips his jacket and wraps it around both of us. I’d rather be in bed, pressed against his naked body, but instead

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Angry Faces, Placid Water: Fracking, LPG Gas Storage and Seneca Lake

95 It’s 9:30 pm when I hear from the speaker at the podium that the Inergy representative left the building before the public hearing ended. David Bimber, the regional head of the New York Department of Environmental

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