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True Story: On Being A Young Widow

True Story: On Being A Young Widow

This piece was republished with permission from Role/Reboot.

Wednesday morning, 7a.m., the radio alarm blaring. Keep your eyes closed. Don’t move, because you have miraculously woken up in your old life.

The bed’s warm, your husband’s snoring next to you. Only the snore is more of a low whine, accompanied by a rough pawing against your back. The dogs, nudging you to get up. Your brain, moving slowly, registers this as a logic puzzle. If you’ve gone back in time, and your husband is still here, the dogs can’t fit on the bed, and the alarm is set to beep.

The dogs do fit on the bed, and the alarm is set to radio, therefore he’s dead and time is linear after all.

Your mind veers toward the surreal these days. This person who was Here is Gone, and it’s not much of a leap to think other seemingly impossible things may occur. But there’s no time to delve into that, the dogs need to get outside; you’ve got to be at work at 8:15. Keep reading »

Widow’s Voice Lives On

Oh, the wonderful world of telecommunications! Verizon dug up an old phone message left by 80-year old Charles Whiting’s wife, Catherine, recorded before her death in 2005. After she passed, Whiting would listen to his wife’s voice on their voicemail for comfort — but when Verizon upgraded the system, the message was erased. The company managed to find the recording in their archive and restored it for Whiting’s listening pleasure. May we recommend making a second copy on a handy-dandy tape recorder, just in case? [USA Today] Keep reading »

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