Category Archives: Love and Loss

The things which strike me and my family, day by day, as we deal with life without a husband and father whose life was cut short by pancreatic cancer.

Forever Home

      “Tom Brady.”  Hand-printed on the SPCA’s yellow card. Male, tri-color   Age: 1 – 1  1/2 Why here?  Stray, found in Nottingham NH Responds to name: Yes House trained: semi  The penultimate question’s answer would prove inaccurate, … Continue reading

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Beveled Blue

My husband’s out-of-the-blue diagnosis was confirmed seven years ago.  It was a suffocatingly hot morning, the last Monday in June. For weeks beforehand I had a profound and decreasingly punctuated sense of dread. I was at the wheel of the … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

Originally posted on Love in the Spaces:
June 1990, Cambridge, Massachusetts ? One-thirty-one-thirty-one. It’s the mechanical response: my father’s date of birth. He died on Sunday, Father’s Day. A few days earlier my subconscious had hovered around the equally palindromic…

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The Light You Do Not See

At 4:30 a.m. the waterfront view is fully saturated one day and colorless mist the next. The best hints I gather from my starting vantage point a few blocks away lie in the light: usually a patch of shimmering silvery-slate … Continue reading

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