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Widows Like Me: True Stories From Widows Trying To Occupy Sanity (article) [Kindle Edition]

Cathleen Murphy Shaffer , Dani Simmonds
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Look beyond a new widow's tears and you will find a woman searching for sanity and other people who can relate. Not wishing to be labeled a wacky widow, this author goes in search of stories from other widows who may have had thoughts, actions and experiences similar to her own. Maybe sanity is over-rated? This 7294 word article contains true stories from widows trying to occupy sanity.

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  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RIJU5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A good read. Being twice a widow I could relate to some of the comical incidents. People mean well and try to help, God bless them, and I did appreciate their thoughtfulness, but mostly I just wanted to be left alone. The first time, I was too busy to breathe with four young children and a job. The last time my children were grown with families of their own to tend to. I preferred to be quiet and catch up with myself, read and write my books. The grandchildren were always a welcome reprieve that I cherished. I was constantly asked to join the girls for coffee klatches, shopping trips, card games, luncheons, trips to local events but I just am not the day long coffee klatchrer type . I have too many things I have wanted to do for years and now I finally had time to do them. I did agree to play some bridge, have some good games of Scrabble and quietly turned on some music and got lost in thought listening to old favorites, sometimes working jigsaw puzzles and letting my mind wander. I watched selected TV, thumbed through countless family albums, read old love letters, cried and reminisced, took walks, but mostly I was alone enjoying my own company. After years of working, I finally had some quiet time for myself, to do my thing in my own way in my own time, quietly thinking of my husband, remembering our good times and missing him desperately. I prayed, I read old love letters, I looked at old videos and went through photo albums and hundreds of loose pictures. I laughed and I cried, I talked to myself and to him, I slept, ate whatever I wanted to and when I wanted to. I spent hours just staring out the window picturing our good times together ... and I ached for our being apart. This went on for quite a while. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comforting to know your feelings are 'normal' March 2, 2014
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When you find yourself in this unexpected situation, that of being a widow after 44 years of a good marriage and so close to retirement, it is shocking, depressing, sad, lonely and full of fear. Reading the author's feelings and those of all who contributed helps you to know it will not always be this way. You will NEVER forget your loved one, and don't want to forget, but you just want it not to hurt so much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empathy with a Soft, Insightful Touch November 12, 2012
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I suggested this article for an old college friend who had suddenly lost her husband. Karen told me she thought she was going crazy until reading this piece. She commented "I might still be crazy, but at least I know I am not alone," and she smiled. The first smile I'd seen from her in three months. I was curious, so I read it. This is a well-written, empathetic article with great insight. Healing one's heart is a long journey, but "Widows Like Me" is a good, early step on that journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widows like me November 10, 2012
By mwk
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I purchased this e-article for a recent widow friend of mine hoping it would maybe give her some small measure of comfort. Comfort in knowing that she is not alone and reading what other widows in their own words have gone through. She said that not only was the gesture kind but could see herself clearly in many of the widow's mini stories. She mentioned that the article was really helpful in proving to herself that she wasn't going crazy she was just crazy with grief.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widows January 17, 2014
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now I understand that most widows are just like on all the time, sleeping on the couch..
.much more....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to find a story that you can relate to. January 31, 2013
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Right now I am absorbing anything related to widows. I found this book enjoyable because the stories did not fit the norm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So we're Not crazy January 26, 2013
By pattiJ
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Very short book that consists of posts to a blog for widows. Some of these really hit home and some sounded a bit crazy,just like I am these days. Quick read, worth the time.
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By L.M.
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I admit to times I thought my sanity was maybe less than stable after I became a widow. People try to help and understand but it's not the same as reading some of the things other widows have been through, said and done. If you are not a widow you might be taken aback by some of the words and actions of some of these widows in the book, but as I read them I could see these women in myself. It was good to see that a little insanity often comes with widowhood and seems quite normal. Some of these stories were probably not meant to be funny but I had to chuckle at a few because I would have done some of the same things they did, that non-widows might have thought, what?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Beth Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I don't like giving a book only one star but even calling this a book is a stretch.
Published 6 months ago by czechme
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate connection
I enjoyed feeling connected to these women. I cried, understood them and better my own situation. I bought it on a particularly empty saturday morning and felt less confused and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paula Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Short
What is here is good, but there is not enough of it to make it worth it. The author should expand this
Published 10 months ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a great read for widows or, like in my own situation, someone trying to help a newly widowed friend or family member. Great read and well worth the price.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars it's OK
As a new widow, I think I was looking for more "meat" in this book than it had. It was an OK read and I can relate to a lot of the stories. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Teresa Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Widows are a singular breed.
From the postings and all else I hear, widows occupy a singular place in society that is sometimes uncomfortable and bordering on insanity. Read more
Published 13 months ago by candiwat
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful to not feel so alone
I smiled, I cried, I may not get along with some of these women in the real world. But in each story there was a moment of complete and deep connection, something missing from our... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. FRANKS
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
I could relate to nearly every story here. My only regret is that I wish it would have gone on and on with 100+ more stories. I will read this many times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr Sherri
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and true to life as having been a widow!
Great quick read. As having been a widow found it funny and true to life. Actually recommended to a widow.
Published 16 months ago by fourdl
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Cathleen Murphy Shaffer, author of Widows Like Me, spent 15 years in the Chicago area newspaper business as an award winning reporter, editor and columnist. Her award-winning newspaper column "So What Else Is News" ran for over 10 years in three Chicagoland papers. Her Illinois vanity license plate was "newsy1" which she turned into a blog in 2009 called She eventually managed three newspapers then fled the rat race with her husband, hoards of books and two literary cats to the mountains of Colorado. Colorado was the perfect home base for a nice long stint of breathing fresh air and traveling the Southwest and Mexico part-time in an RV. She has written travel articles (under the name Cathleen Shaffer) for many online sites including: Huffington Post Travel, AOL Travel News, Gadling and Map Quest. She has written for many online sites on jobs, style, shopping, cooking, skiing, kids and pop news. A recent widow, Shaffer got her idea for Widows Like Me after talking to other widows who also questioned their sanity but found it comforting to hear what other widows had to say. Most declared that sanity was highly over-rated and crazy with grief was a different animal indeed.

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