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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.

Our lives are a story

Well, we finally had our first real snow. It seems late but there are probably other years when we had no snow until about now. The village turned white over several hours.
There is always something special about that first snowfall. Over the months we tend to forget its beauty and so when it finally comes it is appreciated. I know it won’t be

Monday, December 24, 2012 7:25 PM
The year ahead

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The day after Christmas in England is called Boxing Day. It originated when servants and trades people would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a “Christmas box”. Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday and is similar to the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States as people shop for bargains. That is also what happens here, of course, as people head to the malls to return and exchange gifts and get bargains Dec. 26.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:38 PM
Share your support

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Some of you have finished your Christmas shopping. Others, like me, are just starting to give it some thought. Some of you are baking cookies. Others, like me, buy them at a local fundraiser cookie sale. Some will spend too much. Others will spend nothing on those around them because they choose to make donations to those in need instead. We each do our own thing during the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:30 PM
The family therapist

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Dogs are cherished by a good number of people on our planet. Most of us who truly love our dogs — and cats and other pets — consider them to be family members. When they die, we grieve. When they are sick, we worry and rush them off to the vet.

We play with them, select good-quality food for them and yes, in many instances, we allow them to crawl right into bed with us.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:01 PM
Counterbalance frenzy

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Thanksgiving Day found me sitting in the emergency room as nurses, doctors and technicians ran tests on my lifelong friend. Ultimately, at midnight, she was admitted.

She and I go back about 42 years and I spend holidays with her family often since Bill died. As I write this on Nov. 25, she is still in the hospital being monitored. Having just undergone surgery for cancer two weeks earlier, she has had a tough time this month. I pray for her and we talk twice a day. I will return as needed.

The day after Thanksgiving I drove from northern Illinois to our home in Spring Green. Because I do not enjoy the noise and speed of the interstates, I took the secondary roads and in so doing, I passed many, many strip malls and gigantic malls. Every single parking lot was packed. I was glad to be in my little car listening to music.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:22 PM

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