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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.

April: Time for a poem


By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Every month locals who belong to the Mostly Mondays Poetry Society gather at a local shop to share their original poetry or to read a favorite poem written by someone else. Membership in the group has only one requirement: show up. Besides listening to neighbors and friends read their own poetry, one lucky participant will go home with a door prize — a homemade pie donated by the person who started this group and keeps it going. In addition to poetry, those who attend

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:12 PM
Honoring an anniversary

You, my readers, have been very patient for a year as I felt free to write about the loss of my loving husband, Bill, in several of my columns. Many of you have written to thank me and to share your experiences with grief, and many have passed columns on to people who are grieving. I thank you for all your cards and letters this year. It has been a very difficult time, to say the least. Those of you who have lost a beloved know this pain. I truly did not know how I would

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:29 PM
Spring cleaning

I just found a pretty neat website and, without thinking, added it to my bookmarks. It dawned on me as I did so, that I have hundreds of sites saved — sites I never visit. My computer seems to reflect my life. I bet yours does, too. The bookmarks and files and possessions I use are few, and they are organized in my toolbar, closets and drawers. Old files and lots of possessions that I never use clutter my hard drive and closets. I either just do not get to decluttering or I think I might need them — someday. There are clothes in the closets that I never wear, kitchen utensils

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:52 PM
Calm in stressful times

I know that as a huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, as thousands protest in Wisconsin and other states, as rebels rise up (and die) in Libya, and as mixed messages come out of Washington, D.C., many of us are feeling that our planet is up for grabs. People I have talked to are having difficulty sleeping and are feeling anxious during waking hours. Their ability to concentrate is compromised and many are exhausted from raising their voices in Madison.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:23 PM
Being present

John O’Donohue was an Irish author, poet, former Catholic priest, artist with words and a mentor — one I never met but who influenced my life. He died suddenly in his sleep in 2008 at the young age of 52. In one of his final interviews, he told Krista Tippett of “On Being” on Canadian public radio that he felt there was “an evacuation of interiority” in our culture. He also used phrases like the “ocean was having a conversation with the shore.” On his website, he said, “May you

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 2:36 PM
We are what we eat

Michael Pollan, food guru: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Would my great-grandmother recognize energy bars, boxed cereal, frozen dinners, low-fat fruit-flavored yogurt, pizza or boxed chocolates? Well, maybe the boxed chocolates which Whitman first packaged in 1854. The only ingredients in pizza before 1889 were bread, tomatoes, olive oil and herbs.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:25 PM
Securing freedom

I had chills running down my spine as I watched the Egyptians celebrate their victory a couple of weeks ago. Thousands of citizens protested peacefully for 18 days in an attempt to obtain their freedom. It can be done.
Most of the protesters were young and had never known anything but the government they had been born under. They used technology, including Facebook and Twitter, to plan, communicate

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:02 PM
Striking a balance

I just learned that a friend of mine who owns a shop in Spring Green is going to start having high tea at her teahouse. Now that is a real treat. I remember being in England and drinking a lot of tea. We also went to a town near Brighton where the cottages had thatched roofs and the teahouse served high tea with its delicate finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:32 PM
We all need fans

OK, so I broke down and watched the Packers beat the Chicago Bears a couple of weeks ago. I do have to admit to wearing blue and orange to my friends’ home for the game knowing they were Packers fans. I also have to admit to cheering for the Bears just a little. After all, I was born in Chicago and lived the first 46 years of my life there.
Frankly, I rarely watch football and I really didn’t care if the Bears won or lost. My brother, a

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 2:53 PM
Words left unsaid

I was waiting for the owner of our local florist while she finished a phone call. I heard her say, “I will see you in a few.” I heard it and realized she meant a few minutes. Later the same day, I was reading a blog entry made by my niece who was using a week of her vacation time to do volunteer work at a shelter for abused farm animals (The Gentle Barn in California). In the blog she said, “In a few, I will leave to see the cows.” I knew when I saw this for the second time in

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 2:46 PM

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