Category Archives: grief

Ann Wertz Garvin’s The Dog Year

by Mary E. Latela August 30, 2017. Great writing is not always in busy, emotional scenes, but in the parts left out. Ann Garvin does this with perfection. Dr. Lucy Peterman has lost her husband and long yearned for baby-to-be … Continue reading

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Liu Xiaobo has Died

Liu Xiaobo has Died Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced him to call out human right decimation in China. Nick Kristof of the New York Times notes: “The Mandela of our … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Spring

Natalie Goldberg weaves a mosaic of zen and writing, stories, and vivid side trips in a Must-Read Book. Review by Mary E. Latela, June 11, 2017 Natalie Goldberg exists between two rocky places – writing and zen, and she manages to … Continue reading

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The Day I Lost You is Magical

Fionnuala Kearney Reaches Brilliance in The Day I Lost You Reviewed by  Mary E. Latela on November 17, 2016 When I learned that Fionnuala Kearney had a new novel, I rushed to purchase it and read it. What a ride! … Continue reading

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Let me share something I just realized!

 Think It Over ~  Reflection, Mary Latela, 8/20/2016 For many years, every decision I made was based on either fear or impulse. In fear, I took flight, went away, and lost valuable time/space which I never redeemed. Once I lost 10 … Continue reading

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Calming My Heart

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, August 15, 2016 We learned a while back that my ex-husband died, not recently either, over a year ago. In all honesty, my initial reaction was, who will have sympathy for me? In other words, I was … Continue reading

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Aching Heart, Wise Heart

Aching Heart, Wise Heart Reflection by Mary E. Latela, January 10, 2016 There are several people who were once very important to me, but the only way I can track them is to google every once in a while. No, … Continue reading

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The Children Left Behind

The Children Left Behind After Mass Shootings  Mary E. Latela, December 10, 2015 “Since no amount of dead bodies seems enough to spur lawmakers to rein in access to guns, let’s focus on the living — the children gun violence … Continue reading

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How to Succeed

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 5, 2015 We were preparing to say farewell to a wonderful man who had just died, and whose funeral was coming  up. When asked for my input, I suggested a quotation from Ralph Waldo … Continue reading

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Dear Friend (at Mudroom)

Supremacists – reflection by Mary E. Latela 10/28/2015 My sister on Mudroom, AddyeB, wrote a powerful piece on white supremacy which pours out like lava. She writes: “If only we protected Black girls the way we protect White fragility and … Continue reading

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