Category Archives: Life in these times

The Roller Coaster of These Days

I have lost people dear to me before: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncle, and my dear Godparents. Through divorce, I lost my first husband; even though I was the one who sought it, it has never stopped being a weight and … Continue reading

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Stones and Letters

Earlier this week, I drove about 85 miles north to meet a friend at a cemetery. To be precise, I went to the cemetery where I had purchased some plots and where a recently engraved headstone and markers are in … Continue reading

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Tough Love

Last Friday, I was a soggy mess. I couldn’t stop crying. I was missing my best friend and husband so much that I couldn’t see straight. For those of you who don’t know, my husband died earlier this year. But … Continue reading

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Lure and Trap

At a former job in Arizona, one of my colleagues would regularly hold up as ideal Canada’s medical model where there was healthcare for all. As a veteran’s wife, I have learned both the blessings and limitations of The Veteran’s … Continue reading

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Preemptive Strike

Of course, if you see it coming, it is nice to avoid the potholes of life. But if you weren’t born yesterday, you are well aware that potholes sometimes leap out at you from behind a rock. Long ago, nearly … Continue reading

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On the Subject of Men

This last weekend I had a wonderful time with my daughter’s family, who drove to Ohio from Missouri to spend time with me and take some of their belongings home. It was a wonderful balm to my heart to have … Continue reading

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Taming the Wild Kingdom

In the months since my husband’s death, our home has been pretty much a wreck. Neither the dining room nor kitchen tables were usable for their designated purpose, i.e., meals. Instead, I turned them into gross warehouses of paperwork, files, … Continue reading

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Death and Life, Loss and Gain

Pondering a challenging response to a friend today, I realize that I am, at times, just barely holding on. In nearly every way, life has gotten harder since the death of my amazingly loving husband. Concerning life in general, I … Continue reading

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Playing Doctor in the Animal Hospital Ward

Let me begin by making apologies. Today, according to the calendar, is POW/MIA Recognition Day, and tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah. I ask for your indulgence because I am not going to talk about anything too serious today. I can’t. Grief … Continue reading

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A Widow’s Modest Proposal to the Lord

Earlier this year, after my husband’s death, I went to the mortuary on business. As I was leaving, I mentioned that now that I am living alone, I find myself talking to inanimate objects around the house. The man who … Continue reading

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