Category Archives: sadness

The Last Good-bye

The other day I watched a video about grief and the facilitator gave us a topic to think about.  “The last time I saw you.” Why can’t I remember our good-bye the last time I saw you? It was hot … Continue reading

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For Mary Oliver, Poet

Mary Oliver, the poet, died last week at 83. Intensely private, she rarely granted interviews, but I heard one on the radio this morning. When gently probed by her interviewer, she hinted at a dark and menacing childhood, and said … Continue reading

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Letting Go

So many things still remind me. The little egg pan he gave me because he had two, the talking Christmas teddy bear, NPR, the Friday night news, the Valentine earrings, the monitor right in front of my eyes – he … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice. I remember another one, many years ago, when we were both younger. I walked across campus to meet you for lunch, mother and son. As I crossed the little bridge over the pond I saw … Continue reading

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Dream Children

I can taste them in my dreams–sweet and lush. My babies. So close I can feel their breath, smell their topsy-turvy, tantalyzing innocence. I’m there flesh-to-flesh, and I can’t get enough. The curly, sweat-tangled hair, the pouty, thirsty breath, the … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Chair

Is there a diagnosis for people who have a fatal attachment to a piece of furniture? It can’t be normal. Here’s my story. I’ve owned a certain upholstered chair for forty years. My ex-husband and I bought it when our … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #5

Here’s the fifth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. This one is An Unreasonable Woman, by Diane Wilson, a Texas gulf coast shrimp boat captain and mother of five who took on a powerful chemical company when she found … Continue reading

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Sunday Visit

She’s already seated when I get there, and dinner underway. I take my place at the table and the aide brings my plate. The dining room is quiet today. Her table mates are into their meals. No chit chat. No … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #1

I’ve read a lot of books over my lifetime, and some of the writing has touched me so deeply with its beauty or humor or originality that I’ve put together a collection of my favorite excerpts. I’ve decided to post … Continue reading

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A Peace Offering

I’m cleaning out drawers.  There’s this one bedroom drawer that serves as an historical archive of my entire life!  It’s got some old diaries, baby teeth, whole pony tails of my bright red hair donated by my mom. How can … Continue reading

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