Grief is a sacred journey

Psychology and Mythology

My Friend Meniere: Standing Up To Disability

84 1 It’s a stretch to call us friends. Meniere is an alien living in me, a shadow, a twin joined at the inner ear. She showed up in the 1990s with a pop in my right

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Mothering Our Abandoned Longing

159 1 “Do you ask her how she is?” my therapist asked. “Not unless she acts out,” I said. “I try to ignore her depression.” “How old is she?” We’ve talked about this many times, but she

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An Owl, a Dream, and a Mystery

85 2 A few nights after arriving in Arizona to visit Dotty and her family, I had a dream: I walk up a steep hill with Dotty. I’m looking for a safe place to release a large

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Love Notes: The Magic That Made Our Marriage Work

261 During an exhausting week of moving my husband Vic’s 102-year-old mother to a nursing home, I searched through an old file cabinet looking for a paper needed to fill out her insurance forms. I hadn’t visited

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Lessons from Artemis, Goddess of the Wild

166 4 I was once an extroverted girl who loved loud Motown concerts and learned every dance on American Bandstand. I liked singing, acting, and jiving with friends, my husband, and our sons. I loved concerts, opera,

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9 Ways to Unpack a Powerful Dream

129 5 In my dream, my house is filled with noisy demanding people. Six orangutans lie in the middle of the wood floor. One lies on her back, wet and gooey as though she’s just given birth.

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When Heartbreak Becomes A Second Chance

226 I didn’t want a second chance. I liked my first option, the married life I’d worked on and loved for forty years. My husband Vic and I called our relationship “the Path of Marriage.” In 1967,

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Mothering Monarchs, Mothering My Soul

181 2   I carry the glass jar outside to a shady patch of white asters. The earth smells musty and moist in rising heat. Too hot for late September, plus a south wind when the butterfly

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When Fear Is Like a Helpless Child, Try Kindness

172 1 I roll over and squint at the red numbers on the clock. 3 AM. Too early to plunge into the day if I want to get anything done. I need sleep, but instead my mind

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Clutched: An Essential Lesson from Psyche’s Fourth Labor

358 2 My mother-in-law grabbed my wrist with her gnarled hand, the way a drowning person grasps a life preserver. “I’m scared,” she said. She was lying in her bed. She’d been frantic all day, up last

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