Tag Archives: Family

An Ode to Johnny
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Last June I wrote several posts about death. (You can read them here: Death Comes in Threes (Or More), Staring Into the Abyss, and Saying Goodbye.) In short, a friend’s husband died of cancer as did a fellow autism mom. … Continue reading

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Katie Turns 13
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I am now in possession of a teenager. Part of me has no idea how this happened, and the other part knows exactly how it happened. My daughter and I are thirteen years older than we were when we first … Continue reading

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Dating … Again
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I’m dating again. This isn’t a place I expected to find myself after my marriage to Michael 1.0 in 1994, but it comes with the territory following a divorce. I get that. I’ve had my share of mid-life dating adventures … Continue reading

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An Uncertain 2017
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It’s been a grueling two months. First there was the election and it’s aftermath. An acquaintance called it similar to a pandemic: sudden, shocking, and widespread. It’s the best description I’ve heard so far, although I’d prefer an element of … Continue reading

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A Question of Settling
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In Summer 2015, when my brother Tom got engaged, I joked he was moving fast. His long-winded divorce had ended just two weeks earlier. “We’ve dated one-and-a-half years,” he said. “And this time, neither of us are settling.” At the … Continue reading

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A Life of Quiet Desperation
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For years, my brother Tom lived a life of quiet desperation. I saw it and recognized it in myself, recognized what I had seen years earlier in my father’s father. I think Mom saw it too, must have at least … Continue reading

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Christmas Crafts, Part 3
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Back by popular demand: my Christmas story, in three parts, which first appeared here in December 2011. It’s been updated a bit, but mostly it’s the same story that made readers laugh until they cried. Go on, read it again…. … Continue reading

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Christmas Crafts, Part 2
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Back by popular demand: my Christmas story, in three parts, which first appeared here in December 2011. It’s been updated a bit, but mostly it’s the same story that made readers laugh until they cried. Go on, read it again…. … Continue reading

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Christmas Crafts, Part 1
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Back by popular demand: my Christmas story, in three parts, which first appeared here in December 2011. It’s been updated a bit, but mostly it’s the same story that made readers laugh until they cried. Go on, read it again…. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Oh-So-Sexy Minivan
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Lately I’ve been thinking about old school transportation. Perhaps because I recently had some service done on my oh-so-sexy Toyota minivan, which lead to new brakes, which lead to the discovery of a leak in the rack and pinion system … Continue reading

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