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Loss of loved one felt deeply at holidays

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The Stickley rocker next to my woodstove, where my grandmother loved to sit, will be empty this Thanksgiving. She died in August, but I still feel her presence everywhere. She’s in my frost-deadened flower garden. She’s at my kitchen sink. She’s in my recipe box — her shaky handwriting tugging at my heart from a folded piece of notepaper inscribed with the instructions for calamari ripieni. Together, we made that recipe for every Christmas Eve ...

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