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By Richard Russo

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo and 5 different Maine authors the following turn out that the shut of lifestyles don't need to be full of darkness, while hospice assistance is handy. those writers recount intensely own and profoundly relocating end-of-life money owed that disguise a large spectrum of human adventure. All six authors are donating their royalties to a Maine hospice; Down East also will donate 10 percentage of proceeds to a similar reason.

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She’s very matter-offact as she relates the tale. Labor continued through the night, but they did not call Doctor Gordon until around six in the morning. “The doctor came in the morning, checked out our progress, gave me an It Runs In the FamIly ▪ 47 enema, and said she’d be back in a while. ” “Do you remember being scared? Or it hurting? What about the enema? ” “The enema—I wouldn’t recommend it. I don’t think they do it anymore. I don’t remember fear or pain…not really. The most memorable thing was your dad.

He doesn’t have the language to say, “Hello neighbor” yet, but he’s 42 ▪ FRIda BeRRIgan got the spirit of it alright. Seamus encourages me—no, compels me—to slow down, to engage with people, to get out of my head and be in the world. He helps me live more in the kind of time my Uncle Dan has always inhabited, that of the artist, the contemplative, with an open and listening heart. It Runs In the FamIly ▪ 43 OOF. OUCH. OOH. THE PAIN AND EMPOWERMENT OF BIRTH s part of preparing to give birth, I asked my mom and mother-in-law to describe their birth experiences for me and for Patrick.

We were confirmed much later on. My sister and I prepared for confirmation with a nun in Baltimore, a stalwart woman who practically ran her parish, since a revolving cast of priests showed up just to say Sunday mass. We could easily distract her from our catechism by asking her pointed questions about the role of men and women in the church. Kate was in high school and I was just out of college when Bishop P. Francis Murphy confirmed us. I wanted to be able to call myself Catholic, to be a member of the tribe in good standing.

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