Archive for the 'Journal' Category


Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, it’s tempting to wallow in the bad news. This means it’s equally important to make note of the good in the day. So here is my list: People have kindly offered to grocery shop for me. A friend made a couple of masks for our family, and another friend […]

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Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Monday, March 30th, 2020

“Sometimes you have to live in precarious and temporary places. Unsuitable places. Wrong places. Sometimes the safe place won’t help you. …I have noticed that doing the sensible thing is only a good idea when the decision is quite small. For the life-changing things, you must risk it.” –Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You […]

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Pandemic Prayer

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

In memory of Mary Catherine Nicklas Petro 10/6/1933 – 3/16/2020

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

My Mom was buried today. I couldn’t be there. This song came to me. She loved this type of music. I think it’s what she would probably say… Release Don’t Think You Can’t See Me Don’t Argue Amongst Yourselves Because Of The Loss Of Me I’m Sitting Amongst Yourselves Don’t Think You Can’t See Me […]

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The Family

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Dear Mom, You shared with me the two poems you would like read at your services. I have always hoped that I would also be able to read this poem for you. With you, there was always forgiveness. Nourishment of the body and soul. Acknowledgement of despair and pain, balanced with appreciation for small treasures […]

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Sweet Connections

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

My mother had a sister who was two years younger than she. My Aunt Reta. The evening of February 27, 2019, eleven days after her 83rd birthday, Reta decided she wanted a bit of ice cream. She got out of her chair to go to the kitchen, and she collapsed. She died of a heart […]

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Mourning My Mother

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Bleeding hearts from my parents’ garden During this school-at-home time, Claire and I decided that our science will be to re-watch Cosmos, presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She last saw it about six years ago. We watched the first episode, about the origin of the universe, and how we are star stuff. Mom loved knowledge. […]

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Hope For Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

I grew up going camping all over the U.S. My parents loved camping and instilled it in me. My mother loved growing things. She was a master gardener. She had hoped to make it to see one more spring. This poem is another one she would like read at her service. Spring I said in […]

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Why You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

There’s a short essay on the Internet about why one would want to have a physicist speak at one’s funeral, by Aaron Freeman. I find it comforting to a degree. Yet today I also found Anonymous’ response to it that resonated. We only have what is present in front of us, yet somehow the unboundedness […]

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