The earlier weeks will take longer, since there were so many to sort through. I'm not sure how long this will take me (it could be several weeks!), but I'll try to get through the whole season.
Week One - Saying Good-Bye
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An intimate portrait of losing her aunt to dementia: poignant and filled with detail.
A story of finding and losing first love: concise and well-told.
An open letter of sorts to a lost love: direct and moving.
An honest and sometimes funny eulogy for a friend.
A vignette about an unexpected, tragic loss.
A meditation on the different meanings of good-bye, with a poet's grasp of language.
A funny look at saying good-bye to the freedom of driving your own car.
A musing on writing a will and the forces that keep her from doing it.
A look at what it's like being the mother of an autistic child.
A frank, insightful look at her work with an abuse hotline.
A series of compelling vignettes about her experiences at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
A mother's heartfelt letter to her daughter, who is growing up.
A tender, evocative depiction of a summer romance.
A fictional look inside a Nazi death camp, through the eyes of a survivor.
A powerful story from her victims' services work, about a recently deceased woman.
A brilliant humor piece about saying good-bye when the zombie invasion comes.
To whom it may concern, from the executive offices of the Angel of Death. Hilarious.
A unique perspective on a death in the family.
A touching and funny childhood story about wishing to escape from her troubled mother.
A lyrical, carefully-controlled short piece about the losses caused by alcoholism.
Three snapshots of beloved friends whom the author would soon be leaving behind
The first of her Bayou L'Abeille stories, this one introducing us to two lifelong residents.
An overwrought political monologue akin to something from Henry V... with a punchline.
A no-nonsense look back at the complicated relationship with the author's father.
A wry look at the complications of love and break-ups in the information age.
Memories of the author's unwillingness to say good-bye to children's books.
And I'm quite fond of my own from that week:
A series of good-bye letters to my family, blending personal insights with humor.