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.

Scarlet Skies

December 11, 2021 Yesterday was the eleventh birthday my husband should have had here, with us, in the traditional way. It has not become more comprehensible that he was not. Yet somehow he is no more and no less present … 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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