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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.

A time for peace

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

When an event as popular as the Boston Marathon is disrupted by bombs and explosions that brought death and serious injuries to so many, the entire nation — perhaps the entire world — is shaken. On the day of this bombing I was in Madison, in the midst of 2,000 people attending an environmental conference. As I waited for the highlight of the day, a talk by Jane Goodall, I checked my Facebook account and saw a post by my niece. Katelyn is a wonderful 30-year-old woman who is getting married in September and starting a fellowship in June that will be a part of her master’s degree in community work.

The post did

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:21 PM
Where the heart is

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

As I think back over my adult years, I do not remember a time when I hired someone to paint walls once we lived in the house. If we painted, it was done before we moved in and since we moved fairly often, we did not repaint. But this house is different. When Bill and I moved here, he was a pretty sick man and we just wanted to do get settled. The walls, though white in every single room, were OK. Friends helped me unpack, get kitchen cabinets washed and lined, put things away, hang pictures and more. What would I have done without them? What would I do without them now?

So I just hired painters

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:20 PM
New adventures

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is spring. I wondered for a while whether or not it would arrive this year, but the snow in our village is slowly melting. I have visions of the red hibiscus the size of dinner plates, fern, purple clematis, hosta and more that grace the front yard. The thought of flowers lifts my spirits and reminds me of the ethereal with their fragility and colors. In the presence of birds, butterflies and flowers, I feel myself lifted to a world beyond.

This spring and summer I will be dedicating a great deal of time

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:19 PM
Anniversary of a loss

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Three years ago, on March 27, my husband, Bill, died. Since that day, and even before, I have been on a journey through grief. Though I have lost many people in my life, the death of my husband is a totally different loss, as any woman or man who has lost a beloved spouse or partner will tell you. What you may not realize, unless you have a lost a spouse or a child or someone you were extremely close to — someone who was a part of who you are — is that the grief journey does not end in a matter of weeks or months or even years as our death-phobic society would like to claim.

We function

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:18 PM
A weary people

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

On the evening that the new Catholic pope was selected and announced, I was in Chicago having dinner with my brother, a Catholic priest, and three other priests who share the monastery with him. I wondered what their opinions would be and I wondered what kind of man would be willing to take over a position so laden with problems.

Pat Howard, columnist and managing editor of the Erie Times-News, said the church will change. “What I underestimated,” he said, “was the weariness

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:19 PM

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