Transitioning with Hilary

2010-01-06 23.13.41After twenty-one and a half years together, I begin this day without her physical presence. Shalom, sweet and gentle Hilary.

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About Mary Jo Doig

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (https://maryjod.wordpress.com), Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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4 Responses to Transitioning with Hilary

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Peace for your heart, Mary Jo on this day of grieving her absence. Our sweet fur family members are such important parts of our lives.and they are so missed when they leave us. I still sometimes wake up with the sensation that my dear Bilbo Baggins (my HImalayan with robin egg blue eyes) has leaped softly on my bed. And he left us in 2007. We have Angel and Bella now and they are loved, but he was special.

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  2. May you both move onward in peace and gratitude for those 21+ years together.

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  3. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Thank you for your always-beautiful words.

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