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

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Length: 25 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RIJU5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 newsy1blog.com. 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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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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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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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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By mwk on November 10, 2012
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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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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. Thank you Cathleen for straight up, raw stories from those, like me, who are experiencing it.
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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. But, it didn't quite get me where I need to be.
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What is here is good, but there is not enough of it to make it worth it. The author should expand this
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From the postings and all else I hear, widows occupy a singular place in society that is sometimes uncomfortable and bordering on insanity. As I dealt with in my book, the survival is often the worst part. Seeing that light at the end of the tunnel often involves a great deal of work.
from Candice Watkins, author of The Bin
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