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Mary Potter Kenyon

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in Dubuque, Iowa, The United States



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Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology was recently certified as a grief counselor. She works as a Program Coordinator for a spirituality center and is an author, widely published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She teaches writing workshops for area community colleges, libraries and writer's conferences. Mary does presentations and workshops on utilizing creativity in your everyday life and facing grief with grace. She is the author of the book "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession." "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace," with a foreword written by New York Times bestselling author, ...more

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“The length of the friendship never brought astonishment. After all, the
majority of Baby Boomers could likely claim a long-standing friendship in their lives. No, it was always the letters: the-pen-on-paper, inside a-stamped-envelope, mailed-in-a-mailbox letter that was awe inspiring.
“You’ve been writing a letter every week for almost thirty years?”
The question always evokes disbelief, particularly since the dawn of the
Internet and email. We quickly correct the misconception.
“Well, at least one letter, but usually more. We write each other three or four letters a week. And we never wait for a return letter before beginning another.”
Conservatively speaking, at just three letters a week since 1987, that
would equal 4,368 letters each, but we’d both agree that estimate is much
too low. We have, on occasion, written each other two letters in a single
Mary Potter Kenyon, Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink

“Can you remember another time when your chest felt like this?”

My fingers splayed across my aching chest as I carefully pondered her
question. Then I nodded vigorously as I remembered. Tears streamed down my cheeks unchecked as I whispered hoarsely, “Yes, I do remember.After my husband died, it hurt like this. My chest felt full and heavy, and I thought then, Oh, this is what it feels like to have your heart break.”
Mary Potter Kenyon, Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace

“You who have never “been there” in the throes of grief, have no idea what is going on inside the head of the grieving spouse: the scattered
thoughts, the constant worry that we will forget something or someone in our fog-induced state, that strange feeling of not quite “being all there” when out in social situations, the pall that covers everything, like a cloak of sadness that never lifts.”
Mary Potter Kenyon, Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace
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“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
Edward Teller

“We foolish mortals sometimes live through years not realizing how short life is, and that TODAY is your life.”
Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
Carter Crocker

“I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly.”
Madeleine L'Engle
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