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Do You Know the Basic Nature of Life?

Greetings sweet friends! How are you?

Tuesday morning I did something I hadn’t done in more than two years – I drove south through the intersection where I nearly died in a car crash in 2019 when a car ran a red light and broadsided my Jeep. That moment remains vivid – I felt like I’d been struck by a bomb. While my car spun, time slowed and I thought, this is how it is to die.  No wonder I’d avoided that intersection for years. But Tuesday I was in a hurry and found myself where I hadn’t meant to be. I breathed, waited for the light to change, and drove through the intersection. Greetings sweet friends! How are you?


No Comments     Tags: Covid-19 · Depression · Disassembly Required · divorce · loss · midlife crisis · perseverance · reinvention · resilience · self-help · suffering


An Unlikely Advocate for Marriage

In February, I attended a World Marriage Day celebration at my church—an annual mass for couples throughout our diocese celebrating silver and gold wedding anniversaries. Except for priests and other altar officiants, I was the only unmarried person there. Normally, I’d run for the hills rather than attend an event where I’d feel like a sore thumb in the midst of anything approaching those odds. But this time, I volunteered to be there, and I’m glad I did.


No Comments     Tags: anniversary · Cathedral of St. John the Baptist · Catholicism · Disassembly Required · divorce court · divorce recovery · how to survive an affair · marriage · moving on after divorce · wedding · World Marriage Day


My Own Personal D-Day

Today is the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On a tour last year of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force I met an amazing WW II hero named Paul Grassey, 97, who subsequently went to Normandy for the 75th celebration. As a young man, Paul flew 13 combat missions, piloting a B-24 bomber over Nazi-controlled territory. What was the driving force behind his sacrifice and that of so many other men and women? Grassey attributed it to character and courage.

Every year, I never forget D-Day. How could I?


2 Comments     Tags: Beginning again · D-Day · Disassembly Required · loss · reclaim your life · reinvention


My Childhood Dream Came True at Midlife

When my daughters were little, my ex-husband and I often sang them to sleep with a duet of “When You Wish Upon A Star.” I believed then that all my deepest dreams had come true –


No Comments     Tags: Agatha Christie · Beginning again · book publication · Bookmobile · Books · childhood · Daughters · Disassembly Required · Divorce · dreams · first book · live after divorce · memoir · Nancy Drew · Pinnochio · Savannah · Savannah Book Festival · Ursula LeGuin · When You Wish Upon A Star · Wish · writing

" Ostensibly about the break-up of her marriage and loss of her dream house, a four-story Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens neighborhood, Beverly Willett's absorbing memoir is really about finding a home in one's own skin. A delight."

Courtney Hargrave, Author of Burden: A Preacher, A Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South, a major motion picture starring Forest Whitaker

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