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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.

Slowing time down
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Yes, it is gone. I am talking about the month of June. Most of us are scratching our heads wondering where this month went. It seemed to disappear like a flash of lightning in the night sky — it comes and then it’s gone.
And it won’t be long before we are saying this about the entire year. So why does time seem to go so quickly especially as we age? According to Ronald Riggio (Psychology Today), the early years are full of first-time events: your first date, the birth of your first child, first big vacation, etc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:41 PM
Seasons of our lives
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Summer — busy and fun-filled with travel, cookouts and more. We are always glad to see summer arrive. Though we are not crazy about humidity, heat and mosquitoes, most of us take these for granted as we enjoy the relaxing days these months offer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:55 PM
A natural cycle
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Last evening our watercolor group gathered to paint. We do this on alternate Thursday evenings. It encourages and supports us as we learn from and enjoy each other’s company. While there, we learned that one of our members who is in Alaska working as a forest ranger had a heart attack. Thankfully, she is going to be OK. But the conversation led to a discussion about the number of people we know who are sick or who have recently died. “There seem to be so many,” said one. “We are all aging,” said another. “It will keep happening now. I remember my mother talking about this,” said a third.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:30 PM
A warmer place
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I am writing this on Memorial weekend and it is a very rainy day. I feel sorry for those who are planning outdoor events, but I am relieved to see rain. Our earth is rock hard, the trees are droopy, and flowers are screaming for water. I hope we see more rain in the next several days.

Weather is such an important player in our lives. It determines far more than picnics and camping trips. This past spring has been extremely unusual. A friend told me that the flowers she usually takes to grave­sites she

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:30 PM
We never forget
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

As a kid, Memorial Day never meant more to me than a day off from school or a long weekend with perhaps a parade or picnic. I never knew anyone in the military when I was growing up. My relatives who had died were all buried out of state so we never went to cemeteries. Though I do remember my mom talking about Decoration Day (the original name for this holiday), even when my parents died they were buried far away

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:29 PM
Back to the polls
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It won’t be long before we in Wisconsin go to the polls to vote for a governor — again. The past months have been so difficult for our state. They have divided us. It is important to vote in all elections. I just cannot understand why so many people do not vote and I am always disappointed when the turnout is just 30% or 40% of eligible voters. Voting is our opportunity to have our voice count and when people ignore that opportunity and later complain about the politics, well, it makes no sense.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:02 PM
Living in the now
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

So, I bet you are wondering how we got halfway through May already. Or perhaps you are wondering how you got to age 73 or 56 or even 23. I remember my mom at age 99 telling me how fast the years had gone and now I can relate to that. Each year seems to go faster and it is not just older folks who tell me that. I had a 9-year-old neighbor say that to me a few weeks ago.
When I get my paintbrushes out and start to work on a new watercolor painting (as a novice, mind you) the time flies. Suddenly it has been three hours since I sat down in my studio. However, when I am doing something I do not enjoy as much, like paying bills, the time seems to drag. Time is truly all relative.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:07 PM
A need for solitude
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is May — or is it? Down here in southwestern Wisconsin, May seemed to happen in March this year. The temperatures soared, the flowers peeked up through the earth, the dandelions danced on our lawns and the trees began to leaf out. In April we were all mowing lawns and fighting those dandelions. So none of us are sure what May will be like. Will it be like July with temperatures in the 90s?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:18 PM
Interested in Pinterest
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I admit to having a major fascination with all things high tech. My latest venture is the world of Pinterest, a new social network. I am online with my website for my publication (, two Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn (loaded with professional information and research as well as discussions with various professionals), Google+ and have now added Pinterest.
So just what is this new Internet toy? Well, participants have a page to call their own. On this page (which can grow to be very long), one puts bulletin boards and then “pins” things on the boards. For example, I have a board named “Voice of the River Valley.” On it, I place various cover shots, announcements and anything else related to my publication. I have another board called “Books I Recommend” and, yes, on that board I

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:30 PM
Honor the Earth
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I remember going to someone’s home near Chicago many years ago at the request of the owner’s two adult children, a young man and a young woman. They were extremely worried about their mother and, feeling their verbal input to me at my office was not enough, they wanted me to see for myself just why they were so concerned. After making arrangements to have their mother gone so she would not be humiliated, the three of us arrived at the home.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:12 PM

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