Mountain lake with tree covered mountain in the background and the light green branches of a tree on the left in the foreground and an evergreen tree branches in the foreground on the right

Widow Friendships Matter

I lost Forrest, my husband of 35 years, in 2018. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just before our 17th wedding anniversary. I cared for him as his disease progressed from mild, annoying symptoms to severe disability.

The Wheelchair

The empty wheelchair stood along the wall, a few seats open on either side. She chose the seat on the left of the wheelchair because of the electrical outlet nearby. She needed to charge her phone before her final flight home.

Mountain with snow in the background reflecting in the pool of water in the foreground. There are trees on both sides of the mountain.

This Earth-World, That Promised Eternity

Two places of beauty separated by a thin veil, pressed closely, one against the other, as two bubbles floating in the air …

The ocean with white waves and blue sky overhead. In the foreground is a sandy area then rocks with some green algae on them

Pain, That Common Ground

Healing, loving thoughts toward all those struggling today. I am with you, in my own pain. It’s the human condition, isn’t it? A common ground that unites us, this pain. 

Path in redwood tree forest with ferns on both sides and greenery in front


Paula Wychopen, a seeker of beauty in the everyday, is a writer, mother, widow, and former caregiver for her chronically ill husband, Forrest. The eighteen years she cared for her husband at home were the most difficult and blessed years of her life

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