Archiv der Kategorie: General

Tralee

I hate it when my role models die. When I heard the news that Herlinde Pissarek-Huddelist died, I packed up my children, took them to the playground, and then completely ignored them as I sat on a bench on the … Weiterlesen

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It’s time

It’s time. In the midst of an unrelated exchange recently, I suddenly and quietly said to a friend, “I’m going to give up the Workshop now.” He stopped, looked into my face and asked, equally quietly, “Does it hurt?” When … Weiterlesen

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Another learning experience

“Oh God, please, not another learning experience!” That sentiment circulates so often around the Internet in various contexts, and it usually makes me smile when I see it, but trite as it is, obviously there is also some truth to … Weiterlesen

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The Callousness of Commercial Holiday Marketing

On my way home from my father’s funeral so many years ago, I was stuck at Chicago Airport for what felt like an eternity. For hours I kept walking and walking in circles, outside for a cigarette, back inside, around … Weiterlesen

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Thinking about changing spaces again

  A clear sign that a building is alive and lived in, I believe, is when the spaces keep changing. All the time the boys were growing up, our flat was always changing to accommodate their needs and ours – … Weiterlesen

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Family Resemblances

From the time he was born, people have always remarked on how much Christopher looks like Peter, and it has always annoyed me. When Christopher was little and I got tired of the same old jokes about the almost comical … Weiterlesen

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September

Five years. Five years ago at the end of August, Peter and I were packing for a weekend at a spa out in the country. We had been there before, and we expected to spend a relaxing few days just … Weiterlesen

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Sisters

There is a word for it. There is actually a “technical” term that I have come across on the various websites about grief and mourning and bereavement that I read. It is a recognized psychological phenomenon, this unexpected and sudden … Weiterlesen

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What is hard about being a widow now

As my sons have heard (probably far too many times by now), among all the many websites I have found that deal with bereavement and grief, one day I found one with a kind of list of many different types … Weiterlesen

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Rearranging my life

Getting through the first year without Peter felt like a goal, something worth working to achieve. By the end of November, though, having reached the end of the first year without Peter, somehow I felt almost cheated that there was … Weiterlesen

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