Cha-Cha-Changes

What will be my last column for the Manchester Press appeared in today’s paper.

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Next week I begin working at a library where, coincidentally, I was already scheduled to speak. I’ll be conducting my favorite parts of the last library job I had; planning programs, doing presentations, outreach, helping patrons find the next great book, and talking books.

With the hours I’ve freed up with my new job, I’ll be adding back some of the classes, workshops, and public speaking gigs I gave up last year due to lack of time. I already have writing classes scheduled for Hawkeye.

writing classes

I hope to find ways to utilize the Grief Counseling certification I recently completed.

grief counseling certificateAnd, I’ll soon be planning the second annual Heal Your Grief retreat that will take place at Shalom Center in Dubuque this fall.

It seems appropriate that these changes come during the month that marks five years since my husband’s heart attack (March 15th was his stent surgery) and subsequent death after he came home from the hospital.

It also seems fitting that these two Bible verses were written in the journal I unearthed a few days ago, the one I’d begun writing in December 2011, just months before I would lose my husband:

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

 

 

4 thoughts on “Cha-Cha-Changes

  1. Jonna Statt says:

    Eloquently written newspaper farewell – but also happy to see a new chapter in your book of living yet unfold, Mary. Always praying for you…

  2. Paul and Marge says:

    Hello Mary, I’m sure the Manchester Press is sorry to be losing you, but know you will be happy reaching out and touching so many peoples’ lives with your words and actions! You are such an inspiration to everyone who knows you—keep up your good work and keep in touch. We both love you and wish you the best. Paul and Marge

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