Author Archives: Grace Mattern

About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.

Lichen On His Stone

I hadn’t been to visit Eric’s grave for a long time. Six months? More? I’m quite sure there was no lichen on the rose granite headstone the last time I was there. Now there is. I thought, this looks like … Continue reading

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October Swim

Full wetsuit, bathing cap, goggles. Warm clothes to put on as soon as we get out of the water. A tentative wade off the small beach to make sure the water temperature hasn’t unexpectedly dipped into an intolerable range. It … Continue reading

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“Every Day I Have to Figure Out How to Detach Enough

to have a life that isn’t consumed with anxiety and terror.” “How’s it going,” Jon Lovett asks. “It’s difficult, man.” So says Marc Maron in this week’s podcast of Lovett or Leave It. Maron goes on to counsel that you … Continue reading

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A Ball to the Head

Thursday was my first full day at home without any commitments since returning from Ireland. I planned to garden and open the memoir file on my computer and start to sort out my next steps in the revision process. Instead, … Continue reading

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Clifden to Donegal

David and I love open air swimming, so we had it on our list of must-do’s in Ireland to get into the northern Atlantic at least once. Our second day at Dolphin Beach Guest House in Clifden we took our … Continue reading

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In and Out of Clouds

Ireland is constantly in and out of clouds, so it only makes sense that David and I have been walking in and out of clouds. On Saturday we crossed a ridge from Ardgroom to Lauragh, climbing a steep pitch off … Continue reading

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Ireland – U.S. Cultural Exchange: Craft Beer and House Painting

The Irish have certainly figured out exuberant and charming paint color for houses. The villages we’re walking through on the Beara Peninsula have houses painted in over-the-top colors, but it works. What doesn’t work is the craft beer. In Cork, … Continue reading

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