Quarantined Alone – But Maybe Not – Hope for Widows blog

I was talking to Rick today when I microwaved a sweet potato for my lunch. Yes, I had a sweet potato, and nothing else, for lunch, because I live alone, I’m stuck here, and lately I find myself either too lazy to cook and foraging for food – or making a meal that’s way too big for me and eating leftovers for days.

But that was off topic. I was putting butter on my sweet potato, and I remembered that Rick used to mix adobo paste into our potatoes. He often found interesting recipes to try, and enjoyed cooking so much that he even created a “Cooking With Rick” website that I still access when I’m trying to find the recipe for a dish he used to make for us. He was in the process of redesigning the site when he got the cancer diagnosis, so it’s a half-finished hodge podge of its former self. But I can still find some of his old recipes when I’m inspired to cook one.

…I suddenly remembered Rick’s recipe from so long ago, so I turned to Rick and asked…

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About the author

Katherine Billings Palmer is a technical writer, poet, and essayist from Garden City, Michigan. She’s won several academic writing awards, including first place in the University of Michigan Dearborn Critical Essay Contest for her work about poet John Donne: “‘The Sun Rising’: A Lover’s Boast.”

In 2017, Katherine’s husband, Rick, died of complications from small cell lung cancer. She wrote a series of poems and essays about her struggles to cope with her grief. I Wanted to Grow Old With You is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Her latest book, A Widow’s Words: Grief, Reflection, Prose, and Poetry – The First Year was published in January 2019 and is also available on

Katherine is a guest blogger for the Hope for Widows Foundation and writes about her grief journey at

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