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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.

Count our blessings

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Two thoughts come to my mind during this week of Thanksgiving. One is how seldom we take time to say thank you. Meister Eckhart, a mystic, says if the only prayer we ever say is “thank you,” it is enough. Yet somehow we tend to forget those powerful words. We know how to ask, to long for, to want and to complain about how little we have. We do that well and often. But being grateful frequently slips our minds.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:14 PM
The end of a cycle

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I see 2012 creeping toward its end and ask myself what happened that this year is ending so quickly? I see the snow fall today — our first — and as I drove through it, wet as it was, I looked ahead and saw winter racing toward me with its weapons of wind and ice and its beauty of gentle snowfalls. A cycle comes to an end with winter.

We watched the trees bud out last spring, saw the fullness of summer, the harvest with all its colors and foods, and finally winter is arriving with invitations to light our fires, heat up our teapots, bring out our books and curl up for the months ahead.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:13 PM
To face the future

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

It is over — finally. I am writing this on Nov. 4 and have no clue who won the election. I have my hopes, of course. As we all sigh in relief that the ads will disappear, the debates are behind us, and the chat (spin) will now focus on the winners and how we think they will affect our country. Whether your candidates lost or won, it would be great if the divisions, back-biting and even hatred could be put away so that we can all focus on making this country the best it can be. But of course, that will probably never happen.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:40 PM
A turning point

I just sent the November schedule out to my watercolor group and realized how busy November and December can get. Our little group of watercolorists meets twice a month to paint together, but in November two of them have art exhibits, one in Madison and one here in Spring Green. This means in addition to attending the receptions for both of these talented women (one of whom is our instructor), we will pool our energies to prepare food and help hang art. Our instructor, Helen Klebasadel, will be coming to critique our work and teach us, adding one more evening of group painting to our schedule.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:09 PM
Soaking up the ‘nows’

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

The colors are gone. The trees are getting bare, and winter is standing outside our doors threatening to show us what cold and snow are like — again. From what I am seeing online, this coming winter should not be too cold here in Wisconsin and they are expecting lower-than-average snowfall. I know that is not good news for those who run ski businesses or who like to ski or snowmobile.

Actually, I do not mind winter. I love the beauty of the trees when their frozen branches glisten in the sun. I also like a silent snowfall on moonlit nights. I do not enjoy icy roads, especially when people drive like it is a summer day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:48 PM

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