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Emails to my Therapist

So Much Going On

Dear Nicholas,  Seems to be a pivotal time here. Probably so for a lot of people. Here’s what’s going on with me:

*Husband Bob retiring after more than 50 years as a psychologist in private practice. Yesterday was his last day with Chapel Hill patients. He has so loved doing this work. Quite a dramatic change for both of us.



Bob Dick




*Got a new literary agent to represent the biography/memoir I’ve been working on for many years: MISS CHANT OF COTTAGE LANE: The Making of a Mystic.

Artist and mystic Elisabeth Chant

*Horrified by Hamas atrocities against Jews. I sympathize with both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian dispute,  but not with the actions of Hamas. I pray for the hostages and their families. I used to question the idea of war crimes, thinking that all war is crime. Recent events in Israel and Ukraine have made me rethink that.

*In the midst of an uncharacteristic binge of entertaining, about which I’m usually very nervous. In a stretch of 8 days, have had house guests and 3 days later a lunch for 14 friends in town for our college reunion and tonight, friends for dinner. This last one I’m not the least bit worried about.  I now have shaken off hostessing fears, at least for the moment.




Flowers for school friends’ lunch






*Bob just finished six months of treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.  Cancer treatment is an exhausting arduous business.

*Speaking again next week about my novel MY LIFE ON EARTH AND ELSEWHERE, a story like all my others in that it’s about the largest mysteries, where we come from and what’s “on the other side.” This time I talk to a group of people who’ve worked at the state Legislature. (I’ll be happy to talk with your group as well.)

*Two projects in hand from other writers. I continue to critique manuscripts. Haven’t yet retired myself. Probably never will.

Just felt like sending a quick update–and my wishes for peace on Earth.


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  • Mamie
    October 17, 2023 at 2:03 am Reply


    • Peggy Payne
      October 17, 2023 at 2:10 am Reply

      Thank you, Mamie. I love this comment!

  • Kenju
    October 17, 2023 at 3:06 pm Reply

    A husbands retirement is quite a pivotal point in a couples life. No doubt, Bob has the skills necessary to deal with it. Brava for the entertaining! I miss doing it, but not the cleaning and cooking to get ready for it.

    • Peggy Payne
      October 17, 2023 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Yes, once the guests arrive, it’s really good. Bob is now considering what he will do with so much time. He’ll have more time to read, for one thing.

  • Gail Waters
    October 17, 2023 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Please give Bob my very best wishes on his retirement. I learned so much from him in our Holly Hill group therapy for the social workers there. Blessings to you both

    • Peggy Payne
      October 17, 2023 at 4:32 pm Reply

      I will pass on your good wishes, Gail. Thank you!

    • Bob
      October 18, 2023 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Tx Gail, I remember you & that group very warmly, bob

  • October 17, 2023 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Best to Bob with my very fond memories of learning clinical hypnosis from him years back. He carries so much knowledge and experience with him. May retirement be a time of joy and continuing curiosity in the world. And congrats on the new agent for the Miss Chant book. I remember how intriguing it was and still is – that photo!

    • Peggy Payne
      October 17, 2023 at 10:26 pm Reply

      Thank you, Billie. I’ll pass this message to Bob. And now I remember that I was working on the Chant book when we were at Weymouth.That was a good trip. And I still want to see the Weymouth ghost.

    • Bob
      October 18, 2023 at 7:56 pm Reply

      Tx Billie, I remember you fondly, bob

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