Saturday Musings: In the Pursuit of Always Reading More

Saturday morning has become my time to catch up on all my favorite blogs. One of these is Modern Mrs. Darcy, a blog largely devoted to books. The post I read today talked about big books – those with 600+ pages. In her introduction to the list, Anne Bogel says this: I do love a…

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Why You Should Consider “Doing Lent” This Year

A few weeks back, a post popped up on my Facebook news feed about the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. If you’re not familiar with it, the concept is to give away one bag of items for each of the 40 days in Lent. The Facebook link was accompanied by a comment that said…

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Valentine’s Day for Widows

Valentine’s Day is one of those emotional landmines every widow must navigate. If your grief is fresh, it’s a heart-wrenching reminder of what you’ve lost. Later, when the initial shock and grief wears off, it can still leave you feeling wistful and empty. Even at my stage of life – nearly four years into widowhood…

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Sometimes You’ve Got to Have Frozen Pizza for Dinner

We had frozen pizza for dinner last night. It wasn’t that I couldn’t have cooked something better. My work was done by 5:30pm, and we didn’t have anywhere to be in the evening. I wasn’t particularly tired, and the kids weren’t being all that bad. Yet, I wasn’t feeling it. It’s too bad because I…

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Meeting Our Kids Where They Are

Tom and I used to have this thing we called “front porching” – as in, want to go front porching tonight? Those were pretty wild and crazy times in our marriage, I tell ya. At least a couple times a week, when the Michigan weather allowed, we would grab a drink and head out to,…

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My 5 Favorite Books from 2016

If you didn’t already know it, I totally dig GoodReads. I love that it lets me track all the books I want to read (1,655 right now!) and challenges me to set an annual goal. Then, at the end of each year, they give you this nifty little wrap-up about what you read during the…

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My 5 Favorite Posts on The Mighty Widow for 2016

Last week, I shared the five most popular posts on the blog, as decided by reader views. Today, I’d like to share the posts that meant the most to me personally. These entries, by and large, had more to do with helping me work through my grief than providing shareable content for readers. These are…

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    1. Hi Maryalene,
      I have stumbled upon your site and hope you don’t mind a widower poking around. I lost my beautiful wife this month last year and it’s been just brutal. I have a 16yr old daughter and 18yr old son and blessed in that they are taking it better than I am. Our parish/school community came together when we needed them but that seems like a just a memory now. It’s just so quiet. I have to soon make some financial decisions and trying to research as much as I can.
      Take Care,

      1. Hi Andrew,

        You are more than welcome here, and I am so sorry to hear about your wife. Brutal sounds about right to me. 🙁

        I’ve had a couple really supportive people who’ve been in it for the long haul, but it does seem like most of the help evaporated by the 6 month mark. I really don’t blame people. They aren’t living with it everyday, and I think they just figure we’ve settled into a new, comfortable routine. Meanwhile, I want to wave and say, Yoo Hoo! I’m still here…all alone….raising the kids all by myself…replaying sad memories in my mind every day. But I don’t think people really get it unless they’ve been there, done that.

        I hope this month is as good as it can be given the circumstances and that you are able to find the information you need to make the best decisions.

        Best wishes,


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