In August of 2021, we laid my mother to rest under a beautiful, old, dogwood tree in the cemetery of the church she loved. I have no idea where my dad was laid to rest in 1983. He wanted to donate his body to science, but when the time came…


I love touring preschools. There’s art everywhere. There’s noise, play, dancing and singing, nap time and time to run in the great outdoors.

In a good preschool, learning — the alphabet, numbers, colors, feelings — is integrated into all of these kinesthetic experiences. Kinesthetic learning involves the whole body. …


The other day, my neighbor nearly assaulted a dog walker with her sickle. He chose to ignore the polite signs on her front yard. She was down on her hands and knees, weeding behind a bush, when the akita squatted and crapped 10' from her head.

“Please don’t allow your…


I propose that whenever a friendship is on the rocks, you weed together.

I learned this the other day at a reunion in Maine. The Trump years had been brutal on several of my relationships. One of my oldest friends had violated every one of my firmest social convictions by…


Lt. JG Raymond Louis Rafetto, Jr. in front of a K-class blimp during WWII

I got to see a K-class blimp the other day at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. I wanted to know what my father did during World War II… imagine him at the wheel of an airship, patrolling the coast of South America for U-boats. The size…


I do, I want to be carried down to the dock in a pickup truck, zipped up in a velvet bag. No nursing home. No ventilators. No life-prolonging drugs. The islanders will say, “That’s what she wanted,” to the people waiting for the ferry. …


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I resurrected a skunk the other day. It was the closest thing to a miracle I’ve ever performed, aside from childbirth.

My husband and I arrived home at dusk. It was late June. …

Cynthia Rafetto Kreilick

Cynthia Rafetto Kreilick loves writing, filmmaking, languages and travel. She is president of Morning Circle Media.

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