The Living Room

When we moved in, the “citrine colored paint covered every surface”

My creative non-fiction piece “The Living Room” was published in Dreamers Magazine (issue 8: March-June 2021) and is now available on their site, Dreamers Creative Writing. If you know me or knew Susan, this is, as I’ve been told “a tough read.” Nonetheless, I hope you’ll read it.

A couple of people have expressed concern about the years I’ve dedicated to writing about this painful part of my life–losing Susan. Yes, writing has helped me process my grief. Sure, who doesn’t want to be a published author. My broader purpose, though, is to share my story and, in so doing, maybe help someone else, for even a millisecond, feel less alone with their own grief. That sentence seems trite. But it’s something I feel deeply.

And I’m fine, really! There are plenty of trite ways to say it: life goes on; no pain no gain; time heals all, yadah yadah. But no matter what, if you know me, please know I feel content with my life as I’m now living it. As content as a worrier can, anyway!

More to come

Living room door after trying to get the yellow paint off.