birth

birth

Dear Walt, A reader friend left me this quote from Sandra Cisneros's book Have You Seen Marie?: “In Mexico they say when someone you love dies, a part of you dies with them. But they forget to mention that a part of them is born in you — not immediately,...

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dating

dating

Dear Walt, I'm drinking good coffee and eating half a cinnamon raisin bagel with cinnamon pecan cream cheese and I'm thinking about you and how you made me come to love both. I'm sure I drank coffee before you but not good coffee, grinding our own beans....

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magic

magic

Dear Walt, I feel like a kept woman. I get up to write and usually the coffee is already made and I may pour a bowl of cereal but soon after I'm asked if I need something to eat. My laundry is done for me, folded, put away. The dogs are walked though not...

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quiet

quiet

Dear Walt, It's quiet this morning. There's a sawzall going downstairs, and I'm playing Johnny Cash and the Killers and Snow Patrol and Radiohead. I can hear our daughter's TV and my keyboard is clacking. But the dogs are quiet which lately is everything....

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sentimental

sentimental

Dear Walt, I was thinking about the photo I posted yesterday, about all the photos I have of you in this house, and how different things will be once the construction is finished and new furniture purchased and the place put back together. It devastates me...

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at work

at work

Dear Walt, I found this photo of you when looking through my phone's gallery yesterday. I have several favorite pics but love running across ones I've forgotten about. This one really got to me yesterday which was another total crapfest of a day. I...

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busywork

busywork

Dear Walt, I can't recall the title of the third Icefall book. The second I know, and I remember the third title was longer because I wondered if it would fit on the cover… Wait! I think we did a cover mockup with the title. I'm off to look… Yes! Of...

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sleep

sleep

Dear Walt, I've been going to bed earlier and earlier. Sometimes I have to force myself to stay up till 8:30. And I've been staying in bed later and later. One morning I had to force myself to get up at 10:45. The first week after December 21st happened, I...

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life

life

Dear Walt, You've been gone now two weeks and yesterday was the worst day since December 21st happened. Logically, I know it was the release of the stress following your celebration but I would like to never spend that much time crying and unable to...

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nothing

nothing

Dear Walt, Today sucks. Your celebration last night was wonderful, but today I'm already exhausted from crying. Our son told me it was a more uplifting memorial than any funeral he'd ever been to. The slideshow that played made me smile. "Amazing Grace"...

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