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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.

Attend to the now
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Last weekend I attended an evening and an all-day mindfulness retreat led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, sponsored by the UW-Program for Mindfulness on its 20th anniversary. Richie Davidson, founder and director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds was also present. Kabat-Zinn is a key player, if not the player responsible for bringing mindfulness meditation to the scientific western world. Kabat-Zinn does not do many public appearances anymore as he ages. The event was sold out almost immediately upon publication.

On Saturday 200 people vitally interested in meditation,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:56 PM
Creating calm
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I went into Madison yesterday to do a lot of shopping that has been on a back burner for a long time. In all, I visited seven different stores that were spread all over town. That meant I was driving through traffic all day long.

I am a Chicagoan, having spent the first 46 years of my life there. I am quite used to traffic, rush hours, bad drivers and congestion. When I lived in Chicago and the suburbs, I thought nothing of delays and the frustrations of traffic. But I have lived in small town USA for the past 27 years and have lost touch with what it is like to fight traffic for an entire day.

I usually buzz into Madison to a movie or dinner or to Costco or a grocery

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:21 PM
The creative process
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

October is truly my favorite month of the year. I love the weather, the colors and our Fall Art Tour where visitors can see the artists at work in their studios and take some art home if they wish.

I don’t think I really appreciated what goes into a watercolor painting until I started painting. I did not realize how much there was (and is) to learn about brushes, strokes, mixing paints, layers, light, and a long list of other skills one needs to acquire in order to create a painting. Hours of practice and learning are involved, but more than that is the matter of translating feelings and insights into colors and shapes.

Our valley is rich in artists, most of whom are not rich in money,

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:12 PM
We are one
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Butterflies (and other insects) get their needed sodium in part from turtle tears as well as from muddy river banks, puddles, animal urine and sweating people, says Geoff Gallice, a graduate student of entomology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who has witnessed butterflies flocking to turtle tears in the western Amazon rain forest.

When I read this, the first thought I had was how all of life is so interconnected. We depend on the bees and butterflies for fruit and honey, among other things, as I said earlier. We also depend on animals (for those of you who are meat eaters) for protein. We depend on farmers to raise our food,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:27 PM
The gift of friendship
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I had some friends in for dinner last night. With rare exception (a farewell party for those who helped me publish my magazine when I sold it and other times for pizza) this is the first time I have entertained in years. The entire time Bill was sick (2005-2010) I did not entertain. After a day and frequently a night of caregiving, seeing clients, publishing our magazine, taking care of Bentley, our golden, and much more — I had no energy left to entertain anyone. I was grateful to those who almost daily dropped meals off at my door. And since he died, to be honest, I have not cared to entertain and my energy has been low. Grief does that. Last night I broke through that wall and had some friends in and except for learning how little endurance

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:26 PM

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