The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

When Love Becomes Loss

Who Knew It Would Be Like This?

Today is my 70th birthday. It’s the 50th anniversary of my engagement.

We were at the beach, at my grandmother’s magic house, where every room afforded the sweet rhythmic sounds of ocean crashing on rocks, and the salt breeze rocking the curtains of each window. He came into my room with a sparkling opal ring, and that was that.



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Martha Manning, Ph.D.

Dr. Martha Manning is a writer and clinical psychologist, author of Undercurrents and Chasing Grace. Depression sufferer. Mother. Growing older under protest.