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Lynne Taetzsch
Ithaca, NY
I am an artist and a writer.
Interests: painting, drawing, writing, hiking, reading, movies
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Thanks, Natalia. I used to worry about using too much yellow in my paintings also, but I love yellow!
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This past weekend I watched some of the US Tennis Open, feeling a little guilty for sitting around in the middle of the afternoon when there were so many things on my “to-do” list. It felt strange to be watching by myself—especially in the middle of the day. Adrian and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at This Written Life
Suzy, that link is no longer operative. You can view Ilena's art at http://www.elenailku.com/girls.html, but I don't see the copy-cat work there. Lynne
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This summer I took a break from painting, hoping that I might start fresh in some new direction. I wasn't sure what that might be, but I wanted to take a chance. After a while, I realized that thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Abstract Art
Thanks, Diana--glad you enjoyed it!
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Deb, I think you'd get a kick out of going back to school--it means so much more than it does when you're 18! Is there a possibility your employer will help pay for it? Mine did when I got my Bachelors.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Back to School at This Written Life
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When has going back to school ever been fun? I hated public school and quit high school after three years. In all that time I found only one great teacher who inspired me. They fired him after he gave us The Catcher in the Rye to read. I think I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at This Written Life
Elaine, I can so identify with your trying to edit Vic's medical history down to a manageable length. I had to do that with Adrian's also, and then translate it for his sons.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2014 on In 500 Words or Less at This Written Life
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True, Elaine, moving is the best way to keep possessions lean. Hopefully, you've got a ways to go before you have to think about that. I know how much you love the place you live.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2014 on From Here to There at This Written Life
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What can you write about in a 500-word essay? I write in a condensed, “keep it simple, stupid” style, so I can get quite a bit into a few words. But still—some subjects are just too big for it. I was thinking this morning, for example, about a friend of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at This Written Life
Right--nothing like a new beginning to get that energy flowing!
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on From Here to There at This Written Life
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One of my sisters just moved with her husband from California to Colorado. Hearing about her adventures with moving got me reminiscing about all the moves I’ve made over the years. I always loved the idea of starting fresh in a new place with all the possibilities in front of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at This Written Life
Right, Elaine, it's not just being alone, but being without that one person. Thanks for clarifying that.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2014 on Still Alone at This Written Life
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I think they blast the A/C to take our minds off the main event.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2014 on The Big Bad Squeeze at This Written Life
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There is nothing more idealized and romanticized than the love we express for the person who is not here. My marriage to Adrian certainly had its dark moments—times of stress and strain that made one or both of us question the whole enterprise. But we struggled through those times and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at This Written Life
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It’s been over three years since Adrian died, and I think I’ve adjusted well, but finding myself alone at night still slams me in the face. I stand in the silent kitchen, observing my naked exposure. He is not here. I am alone. Typically I turn on NPR while I’m... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at This Written Life
Thanks. I think you'll enjoy working with markers, especially the double-sided calligraphy markers.
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I just got back from having a mammogram. Phew! Nothing feels better than hearing those words, “Everything looks good. You can get dressed now.” The first time I got a mammogram—when I was in my forties—it hurt so much I didn’t go back for ten or fifteen years. It’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at This Written Life
Grace and Grit was amazing, Elaine. There is something about the personal that makes the philosophy come alive. Unstructured time--we need to give ourselves more of that!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2014 on Time For Reflection at This Written Life
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I hear you, Bill. That's why just keeping on keeping on is often the easiest path.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Reentry at This Written Life
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This morning I was waiting for the handyman to come take a load of junk out of my garage—left over from the basement flooding a few months ago. Tom was supposed to come between 8:30 and 9, so at 8:30 I sat down in the living room (where I could... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at This Written Life
Thank you! And for reminding me to read this again--I forgot all about the treasure in the interim! ;)
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Maybe we were just meant to keep on keeping on, Elaine! Thanks for your comment.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on The Joys of Aging at This Written Life
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Why does reentry take me so much longer than it used to? We arrived home from a week’s vacation in Bar Harbor on Sunday, and I took my sister Laura to the airport on Monday morning. It is now Tuesday and I still feel foggy and scattered. Who am I?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at This Written Life
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Let me count the ways in which we who are aging find joy: 1 Getting a good night’s sleep without taking sleep meds ranks on top of my list. During Adrian’s last months, I complained to a psychiatrist who specialized in treating the elderly that Adrian wasn’t sleeping at night.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at This Written Life