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Mary Friedel-Hunt

Reflections


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.


Rituals as reminders
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Fireworks are being prepared. Floats are decorated. Picnic food is in the refrigerator and hopefully sunblock is ready to be used and will be needed. After all the rain we have seen, putting sunblock on would probably be a treat for people this Independence Day weekend.

On July 2, 1776, Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. The first public reading was on July 8, 1776.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:58 PM
 
Making a difference
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Because of the 1,200 miles that stretch between my home and my niece’s home, I was not able to get to her wedding shower last week. I will be at her September wedding. As I prepared a card and gift for her, my mind wandered back 31 years to the day she was born and then to her fourth birthday in 1986. When she was born, I surprised my sister and flew out to Massachusetts, showing up at the hospital the day after Katelyn Mary made her appearance. Needless to say, my sister was elated to have a family member share this sacred time. Seven years earlier, I had flown out to her sister’s baptism performed by my brother. Both of my parents will now watch Katelyn’s wedding from the other side of death’s threshold.

When Katelyn had her fourth birthday,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:12 PM
 
A Wisconsin welcome
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Summer is well under way here in Spring Green. It was a long time coming this year, but the trees have all leafed out, the grass is growing lickety-split, and school is out for the summer.

The American Players Theatre opened on the 8th with a potluck for the village followed by a play. The Rural Musicians Forum starts along with a host of other events, including our annual art fair and more.

Summer is an amazing time. People appear to relax, but in reality their schedules seem to get incredibly busy. A woman told me today that she could not see herself taking a weekend off until August. That is because she owns a small business in town and this is the time of the year when our small-business owners are the busiest,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:40 PM
 
Our furry friends
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

She walks him every day. They walk slowly, for Parker is nearing his death, so Jane patiently stands while he rests, then resumes her slow pace up and down the main street of our village. Sometimes Bentley and I see them from the car and we stop and chat. Other times, we bump into them as I walk Bentley, who is always in a hurry to get to the next smell in the surrounding grass.

Jane knows Parker does not have long. Just a week ago, she thought he was very close to his final days. But like dogs and humans alike, he bounced back and is out with her every single day.

Jane rescued Parker several years ago after

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:17 PM
 
Managing negativity

In Washington, D.C., last week we saw the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of Management and Budget shut down, creating the largest closing of government offices since shutdowns of the 1990s.
In Chicago, we saw the largest number of school closings in the history of our country. In Oklahoma, we saw an outrageously powerful and destructive tornado. We have also seen horrific floods, hurricanes and forest fires. In movies and video games, we see

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 6:18 PM
 
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