Marching Orders #1LinerWeds

The 21st of this month would have been my and Charlie’s fortieth wedding anniversary. So I’ve been sadder than usual. Then the marvelous Dani Greer shared this article from Psychology Today called “6 Tips for Getting Work Done While Feeling Sad and Hopeless”, by Eric R. Maisel Ph.D.

This was my biggest takeaway:

No matter how the world turns, our marching orders remain exactly the same: to do the next right thing. 

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about sadness. Not clinical depression, sadness.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Marching Orders #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    August 18, 2021 at 7:43am

    I miss the stories that featured Charlie, especially the ones with the cats. Moving on is hard. I’ll send some good thoughts your way.

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      Marian Allen

      August 18, 2021 at 10:43am

      I miss those, too. Yesterday, I was stretched on the couch, reading, as he used to do, and Chickie (for the first time) got up next to me and bit my elbow. I could almost hear Charlie growling, “You pup!” He always called Tipper a dog and Chickie a pup. Why? I do not know, but all grown animals were fussed at as “dogs” and little animals were fussed at as “pups”.

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    August 18, 2021 at 12:24pm

    Sorry that you can’t celebrate the 40th to the ultimate. It’s the day before my daughter’s birthday (more than those years….)
    Keep on doing the right thing.

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    August 18, 2021 at 3:41pm

    At a time when many marriages don’t make it five years, you and Charlie did the almost impossible: til death did you part.

    Be sad – but it is also incurably romantic, and you so enjoyed each other’s company, cats and all. Hugs.

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  4. joey

    August 26, 2021 at 9:21pm

    That is a marvelous quote. I can offer no comfort but please know I’m so sorry you have the sadness
    ((((BIG HUGS))))

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