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.

Family Calling

At my father-in-law’s burial today, my nephew will be reading Psalm 23 for him, as my father-in-law did for my husband, his only son, more than ten years ago. ****** My father-in-law, who was the youngest of five sons, married … Continue reading

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Emerging Orange

March 22, 2021 Dear Jim, Serendipity sent me just minutes up the street from Carney Hospital yesterday morning. Of all the gin joints in the world and the Commonwealth, that was where I had been dispatched: within a short walk … Continue reading

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A Layered Valentine

 An onion, or two, for Valentine’s Day. “Not a red rose or a satin heart,” as poet Carol Ann Duffy wrote. Nor “a cute card or a kissogram.” Not that there’s anything wrong with those. But it is both so … Continue reading

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Birthdays of the Dead

I wrote this post five years ago, while leaning on one of many pairs of crutches (the coolest among them, with built-in reflectors) I accrued as I quite literally fell to pieces as a half-decade younger widow.  Back then I … Continue reading

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