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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.

Count our blessings

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Two thoughts come to my mind during this week of Thanksgiving. One is how seldom we take time to say thank you. Meister Eckhart, a mystic, says if the only prayer we ever say is “thank you,” it is enough. Yet somehow we tend to forget those powerful words. We know how to ask, to long for, to want and to complain about how little we have. We do that well and often. But being grateful frequently slips our minds.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:14 PM
The end of a cycle

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I see 2012 creeping toward its end and ask myself what happened that this year is ending so quickly? I see the snow fall today — our first — and as I drove through it, wet as it was, I looked ahead and saw winter racing toward me with its weapons of wind and ice and its beauty of gentle snowfalls. A cycle comes to an end with winter.

We watched the trees bud out last spring, saw the fullness of summer, the harvest with all its colors and foods, and finally winter is arriving with invitations to light our fires, heat up our teapots, bring out our books and curl up for the months ahead.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:13 PM
To face the future

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is over — finally. I am writing this on Nov. 4 and have no clue who won the election. I have my hopes, of course. As we all sigh in relief that the ads will disappear, the debates are behind us, and the chat (spin) will now focus on the winners and how we think they will affect our country. Whether your candidates lost or won, it would be great if the divisions, back-biting and even hatred could be put away so that we can all focus on making this country the best it can be. But of course, that will probably never happen.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:40 PM
A turning point

I just sent the November schedule out to my watercolor group and realized how busy November and December can get. Our little group of watercolorists meets twice a month to paint together, but in November two of them have art exhibits, one in Madison and one here in Spring Green. This means in addition to attending the receptions for both of these talented women (one of whom is our instructor), we will pool our energies to prepare food and help hang art. Our instructor, Helen Klebasadel, will be coming to critique our work and teach us, adding one more evening of group painting to our schedule.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:09 PM
Soaking up the ‘nows’

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The colors are gone. The trees are getting bare, and winter is standing outside our doors threatening to show us what cold and snow are like — again. From what I am seeing online, this coming winter should not be too cold here in Wisconsin and they are expecting lower-than-average snowfall. I know that is not good news for those who run ski businesses or who like to ski or snowmobile.

Actually, I do not mind winter. I love the beauty of the trees when their frozen branches glisten in the sun. I also like a silent snowfall on moonlit nights. I do not enjoy icy roads, especially when people drive like it is a summer day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:48 PM
An angel on my path

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Once in a while our lives are graced with someone special, someone who gives us the gift of compassion, support and expertise?—?the gift of themselves. Though I have been blessed with many such people, there is one, who in addition to my husband Bill, truly stands out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:46 PM
Pardon me!

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I am picking up my new hearing aids today. I got tired of not being able to hear people who speak softly. I understand that it’s difficult to remember to speak up, because I have done that myself to those who experience hearing loss.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 2:11 PM
A time for gratitude

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The tree in my front yard is one that so many people in town really like. It is just now beginning its autumn display of beauty as the leaves slowly change from green to shades of red and orange. Right now many of the leaves are multicolored as they retain much of their green and as reds and oranges creep in along the edges. It is truly magnificent.

As I drove into Madison twice today, thanks to forgetting something I needed for a party I am having tomorrow, I noticed so much beauty along the way. Leaves are changing, corn is pretty well done offering corn mazes here and there before it is plowed under.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 5:40 PM
In moderation

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

OK, I admit to being a technology nut. I love all the gadgets and networks including iPads, iPods, Android phones, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google circles, Twitter, Pinterest, email and the like. I connect with people using these, enjoy seeing what others are up to, learn about our world and the people in it and more.

Today, I was using Facebook and reading a conversation that took place between a friend of mine and her neighbor. They live across the street from each other, in a rather isolated section of England. Earlier she emailed me a picture of the urn that was delivered to her home yesterday. The urn contained the ashes of her husband of 50 years. I could almost feel her sadness as she clicked “send” on her computer that day. Sharing the picture and the accompanying paragraphs of pain helped her to feel less alone. Email helps her keep in touch with family and with me, as I support her a bit on a road I know too well.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:37 PM
An important right

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

In just a few weeks Americans of voting age are privileged to vote for our next president. During this time the media will go a bit nuts trying to point out the strengths and weaknesses of those currently holding offices and the strengths and weaknesses of those running for offices. It all gets very confusing, especially for those who have not been paying attention over the past four years.

Those who speak for and against candidates are very convincing. Many are very charismatic which can fool the uninformed. Many fabricate or outright lie. And there are many uninformed people who will go to the polls and many who won’t for a variety of reasons.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:22 PM

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