Missing My Love


My name is Maureen Jaret, and I am Keith “The Existential Baker’s” wife.  With a heavy heart and in case you did not realize it, my beautiful husband, poet, chef, father, and grandfather passed away on February 8, 2018.  Please see his last post of February 1, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.”

I have been trying to decide what I would do with his blog, which he loved and nurtured for the last six years.  I did not want his blog with all his amazing writings, to die with him. So, after much thought and reflection, I decided that I will continue what he started, discussing my life with him, my life without him, and everything that is in between.

I grew up in the dawning of Equal Rights for Women; however, I grew up in a very conservative household where being a feminist was vulgar.  When I met Keith, he not only embraced the fact that I had strong opinions and sense of self, he encouraged it. We always had a funny thing between us, that I am not “The Wife,” I was not Mrs. Keith Jaret or even Mrs. Jaret, I am Maureen Jaret.  It never meant that I was not proud to be Mrs. Jaret, but I was my own person, and he respected that.

So, in honor of him, and the fact that I am and always will be extremely PROUD to be his wife, I will be renaming his blog, “The Existentialist’s Wife”!  I am not the writer he was, but I think this new journey, will be fascinating…to say the least! I do have a passion for Organ Donation, and I want to spread the word about how this has affected my life.  Since we no longer have the New Jersey Stores, I am going to change all my social media to The Existentialist’s Wife. I spoke to my children about this, and they were happy that their father’s words will go on.  I hope you will continue to follow me as I go on with the rest of my life, without the love of my life, trying to figure it all out! I know he gives me a peace sign over this.

33 thoughts on “Missing My Love

      1. Patty Walsh

        I think you are right, although I honestly don’t know if I would have a following. You are an inspiration though, for sure.

      2. Patty Walsh

        LOL.. I didn’t think you were yelling at me. You have my best interest at heart, even when yours is breaking. This is about YOU and Keith. I am beyond happy you are doing this. As someone else eluded to…I suspect Keith is guiding you along. β€πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

  1. Erin

    I’m so proud of you and I know he is. Love you so much. He is giving you strength. It was never a Mr/Mrs thing/ it was just always Maureen and Keith. Always. πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

  2. Oh Maureen, I am incredibly sorry to hear and also saddened by the loss of your husband. His beat poetry was never boring and some of it had me outright laughing. And then there was the sad stuff, the regrets, the alter egos, the spiritual. I appreciated “Hippie Freak’s” honesty and vulnerability and especially the inquisitive nature of his writings. Thank you for letting his readers know of his passing and for carrying on the blog in his honor. Rest easy, Keith, and I wonder now if you are reveling in all the answers. Or just maybe one answer.


  3. Maureen…I’m so happy that you are doing this….I will follow you and I look forward to your writings. I have a funny feeling that Keith is going to be helping you out with this!! ❀

  4. Amber

    I look forward to reading the missives of The Existential Wife, Maureen. Thank you so much for keeping this going. Pease, dear sister.

  5. Just caught up with reading your blog. It is really sad to read that your Keith is gone. He was a good writer and I enjoyed his posts. Thank you for continuing on with the blog. Peace to you.

  6. Soulchefwayne

    I’m sure Keith is smiling knowing that you have picked up the mantel, spreading your insight inspiration & love through written word ……..

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