Category Archives: The Widow’s Corner

Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike I bowled today for the first time in twenty-some years. It seemed like a good way to spend an afternoon with three young boys, my grandsons, who were on spring break. My motive—I wanted to expose them to … Continue reading

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories I’ve always dreaded sleep. As a child, I’d read with a flashlight under my blanket convinced that turning in meant missing out on fun. I tried to train myself to sleep with my forearm upright, my head propped … Continue reading

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Resurrection

My mother and her two best friends, Evelyn and Bubbles, were inseparable. They knew each other as young wives in Chicago, having been introduced by their husbands who went to high school together. In the photo, Leonard is leaning in … Continue reading

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Esophageal Cancer 101: In 850 Words or Less

    by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA   …..in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall starve your vital energies and do no manner of work…. For on this day it shall bring atonement upon you, … Continue reading

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DOGS, LOVERS, AND LUMPS

You have to listen real hard to hear anything at all: the sound of tippy-toes on wood stairs, the soft tap of a paw on the bedroom door, the digging around in her bed to find a perfect spot for … Continue reading

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THE UPSIDE OF LOSS

THE UPSIDE OF LOSS This is where the past and the future meet. This is after my mother was killed by a speeding car, after my son died in a motorcycle accident, and after my husband passed away from esophageal … Continue reading

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THE ART OF MUSIC

The Art of Music   Of all the astonishing things the human mind does, the most amazing may be that it can take sound and turn it into music, and then take music and turn it into meaning.  The rest … Continue reading

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