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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.

We acknowledge our blessings
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

IT IS A big week in our country. A time when most stop to say thank you for all they have. I especially like Thanksgiving because it is not for sale in the stores. We don’t really see a lot of materialism around Thanksgiving. Greeting cards and turkeys abound, but frankly it is a low-key consumer holiday as well as a day to acknowledge all we have. Families and friends will gather

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:26 PM
A silent weekend
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

GUESS WHAT time of year it is? If you said autumn, give yourself one point. If you said the beginning of deer season, give yourself three points and a solid attaboy.
Yes, folks, come Saturday morning at 6:33 a.m. local time, Wisconsin’s gun deer season, without question this state’s most revered hunting season, will officially begin.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:46 PM )
Freedom to speak
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is happening all over the country. The young, the old, the students, professionals, rich and poor are on the streets voicing their opinions by their peaceful presence. It is their right to do so. Occupy Wall Street is comprised of those who are frustrated with the political process that places the interests of corporations ahead of citizens. It started on Wall Street and within a very short time people all over our country were taking to the streets to peacefully express their opinions and frustration.
According to their website (, this is a “leaderless resistance movement with

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:05 PM
Holiday awareness
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is Halloween, and the children will be out knocking on your door seeking treats. They will be dressed up in the best costumes they could imagine. Many will be accompanied by parents who might also be in costumes. But Halloween is not just about costumes and treats — and tricks.
Halloween, according to, is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. On this day, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Pope Gregory III designated Nov. 1 as All Saints’ Day in the eighth century — a time to honor saints and martyrs. The evening of All Hallows’ Eve gradually became what we now know as

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:48 PM
Standing back
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I was watching an online watercolor class when the instructor said to stand back occasionally to see what you are doing and to avoid overworking your painting. My mind immediately switched gears to how those two rules about watercolor art apply to all of life.
In order to see how we are doing in relationship to people, to our jobs, hobbies, pets, planet and, well, everything, it pays to stand back and take a long look. It is that old “can’t see the forest for the trees” idea. Going to the top of a nearby hill and looking down at the forest gives us a totally different and hopefully insightful view as opposed to standing in the forest. Standing back from a watercolor I am doing shows me a totally different view and leads me to make changes I need to

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:47 PM
There is always more
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

There is always more, always something new to tease your interests, passions or addictions. In the world of computers we have our cell phones, now mini computers. We have laptops, iPads, iPods, Kindles, desktops, Wii, Bluetooth, routers, apps, thumb drives and so much more. It never ends. As soon as we make one purchase, that item has been upgraded and many spend money to get just one more bell or whistle.
My cell phone takes pictures, has games and the ability to scan a bar code or book cover. With it,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:39 AM
The wisdom of age
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

She is 94 years young. I met her when she was 59 and I was in my 30s. Her husband performed our wedding. He was the juvenile judge in the county where I worked with incarcerated youth, and I have been searching for them for several years. I found her three months ago in Colorado. When her Mike died four years ago, her kids moved her there to be close to them.
After our first phone call, I received an email from her. She said, “I am scraping myself off the ceiling since your call because I am so high with joy.” No one could have said it better. She

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:37 PM
Respect for life
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

What is it saying when we execute a human being for a crime he may or may not have committed? The death penalty has always been controversial because we are dealing with someone’s life. It becomes even more controversial when there is doubt about the guilt of the person to be executed. When Troy Davis was executed on Sept. 21, there were grave doubts among experts about his innocence. William Sessions, the former federal judge and FBI director, was one such expert.
To date, the United States (with the exception of 14 states, including Wisconsin) has executed

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:34 PM
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Days are shorter now. I went to a friend’s home for dinner and, before we knew it, darkness had crept into the yard where we sat talking. It was surprising, as it always is. The summer months flew by and fall is making its glorious entrance. The leaves on our maple tree will soon become brilliant red and grace the entire block with their beauty. The summer heat and humidity is making a welcomed exit. And soon we will be shoveling snow here in Wisconsin.
It is a time of transition, a reminder that change is a part of life and that nothing is forever.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:41 AM
A day to remember
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I was watching the coverage of the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. As Presidents Obama and Bush walked onto the platform, they were immediately led behind a bulletproof shield. A youth choir began to sing. How sad, I thought, that these young children have to see their president standing behind a bulletproof protective shield. These kids were infants on the day America was attacked. They have spent their entire lives in post-9/11 days. They have only known a country where security at airports demands that we submit to searches. They have lived their years in a world at war, a world in search of Osama bin Laden, a world too focused on terrorism and fear.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:16 PM

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