Author Archives: Marti Benedetti

About Marti Benedetti

I'm a longtime writer and a widow. I want to share my thoughts and experiences of being single in my 50s and beyond after being married to the same great guy and raising kids for 28 years. It's not the journey I signed up for, but the one I'm living with. I hope I can offer up some thoughts, chuckles and comfort for those in a similar boat.

Finding Love After Loss

We did it, we completed our book, “Finding Love After Loss.” The process has been a long road, just about as long as I have had metastatic breast cancer. The book will be published this fall. I’m taking comfort in … Continue reading

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Another widower friend becomes attached

Another one of my unattached widower friends has joined the world of the attached. He met her at church shortly before COVID-19, and everything seems to be going well with these two Catholics. She has a couple twenty-something children and … Continue reading

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Pass the anti-depressants, please

How did it come to this? I’m a tough nut, but in recent months, I seriously considered trying a beginner’s dose of anti-depressants. When I told friends I was contemplating this, I was surprised at how many were already downing … Continue reading

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Trains, planes and (not) FAST buses

In February, I took the Amtrak train from Dearborn to Chicago to visit my daughter for a few days. The Midwest weather was surprisingly mild for this time of year. We took short walks, ate at a couple trendy restaurants … Continue reading

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Wisconsin spa soothes cancer woes

This past fall, I was the beneficiary of a four-day trip to an upscale spa in the Wisconsin Dells, just north of Madison. So were 11 other women from my Detroit area Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) support group. Everything was … Continue reading

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Welcoming a second wedding

Well, it was just a matter of time that my daughter and her 5-year -plus boyfriend would become engaged. It happened a few months ago — a wonderfully happy occasion. The wedding is planned for early next fall. My first … Continue reading

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What Kind of Weed Will Ease the Pain

In November 2018, Michigan voters approved recreational weed. It became available Dec. 1 to anyone 21 or older with proper ID. Medicinal weed has been legal since 2008 and has been bought, smoked and ingested quietly and with several caveats. … Continue reading

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Cruising…not for the faint hearted

I finally went on a cruise — a Royal Caribbean excursion recommended by my travel agent to be a good starter experience. It was good and bad. My dear friend from college and I flew to Fort Lauderdale, an effortless … Continue reading

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Maximizing each summer day

Summer…ahhh…the best season in the Midwest. Summer started in July this year.  It was a long wait, but finally I was able to replace my winter clothes with my summer ones, and wear shorts, capris and sandals every day. A … Continue reading

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Amid chaotic plot, Netflix show just glimpses widows’ world

“Watch the new Netflix show Dead to Me and write about it,” my friend said recently. “It’s about a widow.” So on a dull, spring day, I booted it up on my computer and watched the pilot of the series. … Continue reading

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