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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.

Learning to be here now

I had not spotted the rabbit in our backyard when I let Bentley outside. But Bentley spotted it and tore across the lawn in hopes of catching it. The rabbit suddenly remembered he (or she) had dug a hole under the fence on the other side of the yard. The chase was on. The rabbit escaped and Bentley moved on to his next adventure.
One of these days, I will remember to check the yard for rabbits before I let Bentley out.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 1:30 PM | Updated ( Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:44 AM )
No place like home

A four-day trip to New York City left me certain that as exciting as it is, I am definitely not a city person. Crowds, noise, speed and more left me feeling grateful for my small-town life. Though I understand why, I think it is sad that we have to remove our shoes and have our belongings X-rayed in order to board a plane. Because I was wearing a cast on my left hand following a fall, I had to undergo a thorough search because the cast had metal inside. I expected that would

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:18 AM | Updated ( Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:43 AM )
Saving what we treasure

In the past few weeks, I have listened to experts discuss ecology, politics, stem cell research, wildlife, gardening and a host of other topics. I have heard authors introduce and read their books, dog trainers tell me how to break Bentley’s new but unacceptable behavior, widows talk to women about grieving, and two mechanics assist listeners with car problems as they make their

Tuesday, November 02, 2010 12:38 PM | Updated ( Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:46 AM )
Holidays a tough time

It is a rainy weekend. Jack-o’-lanterns and ghosts decorate the neighborhood, leaves have fallen from most of the trees and winter is in the air. Days like this sometimes feel like a relief to me, as they provide a good time to catch up on indoor chores. When it is 70 degrees and sunny, one wants to be outside, even if it is raking leaves.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:58 PM | Updated ( Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:47 AM )
Circles, fire and food

It dawned on me this week how man- and womankind have gathered in circles around fires to share meals for centuries — even thousands of years. We have all seen pictures of the cavemen (and women) sitting around a fire, chomping on the leg of some animal that they cooked over an open fire once fire was discovered. The pioneers and Native Americans did the same, perhaps

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:41 PM | Updated ( Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:47 AM )
The $2,000 razor

Last week, I wrote about Bentley’s adventure with a Bic razor. His antics were frightening, of course, and the surgery to remove the blade head, though successfully done, put both of us through a lot of stress — and expense.
Today, I would like to share some of the stories I heard the week of his surgery. One person told me they took their dog in to have his leash removed from his stomach. The vet removed two leashes, one of them had been missing for a year and in his stomach that whole time. My sister said her golden swallowed two ears of corn and passed both cobs. I heard stories of needles, pens and a variety of household items passing through dogs.

Friday, October 15, 2010 8:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:26 PM )

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