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Mary Friedel-Hunt


Mary Friedel-Hunt, MA LCSW, is a freelance writer and psychotherapist
in the Madison area.She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1036, Spring Green, WI 53588.

Thank you
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It was Dag Hammarskjold who said, “For all that has been, thanks. For all that shall be, yes.” Author Brené Brown said, “We’re a nation hungry for more joy, because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.” And then there is Saint Paul who advised that we “give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Buddha: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us be thankful.”

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:32 PM
Winter silence
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The darkness has arrived. Days are shorter and often gray. Winter is approaching, knocking on our doors, so to speak. We had our first snow of the season on Nov. 11. It did not amount to much more than a reminder that more is coming. We are entering the season I associate with cocoon time  — time to go within, be still, seek solitude as we also enjoy some silent winter sports like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, quiet conversations with friends around a fire, cooking up some stews and chili and breads, and enjoying the beauty of the snow as it graces the Earth.

Winter is, in my opinion, a reminder that in our rushed and way too busy society,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:14 PM
Holiday grief triggers
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

By now many who are grieving begin to dread the holidays. While the rest of the world celebrates, those who grieve begin a countdown to January. The parent(s) whose child has died or the woman who has lost her spouse and others who grieve often experience an increase in what is already almost daily grief triggers.

A grief trigger is anything that causes the wound of loss to be opened allowing a tsunami or even a ripple of pain to stir up one or more memories even as those around them are laughing and sharing. In my own experience grief triggers can be something as simple as driving home from the grocery store

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:02 AM
Pets teach love
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Last week Bentley was running a fever of 104.7°, equivalent to about 102° in a human being. On medication for about a week for an infection caused by what we think was a tick-related hot spot, he refused to eat or interact. So off to the vet we went for the third time in 10 days. Blood tests and an examination proved negative and the vet thought he might be having a reaction to the antibiotic. So he gave him an injection of antihistamine and steroid to bring the fever down and by the evening Bentley was eating rice and beef though still lethargic. By Friday he was himself again with no fever.

Bentley is a 10-year-old golden retriever.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:03 PM
Life’s lessons
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The weather has changed with highs now in the mid-40s. It seems early to have these cold temperatures but winter is knocking at the door here in Spring Green. I imagine it started knocking a while back up in your territory. I lost the summer, having made eight trips to Chicago focused on my eye surgeries, which were successful. The summer months slipped away as I drove back and forth, spent time at my brother’s monastery in the south suburbs, saw the ophthalmologist, and listened to audio books as I completed 4,400 miles of driving — many under conditions that were not the best but I always made sure I was safe, i.e. that I could see clearly to drive.

The thing that made my drives so

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:13 PM

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