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Smokey’s parents moved from Chicago to Palm Harbor FL after my FIL retired. We visited them for two weeks every Christmas; our boys never saw an actual white Christmas (Day) until they were 11 and 6. Generally, we drove the … Continue reading
Warning: this is a bummer kind of post. If you don't want to get teary on Christmas Eve, please feel free to skip it. I just realized that it was exactly thirty-two years ago today that we got the phone … Continue reading
If you are one of my relatives reading this, please know that the relative described here was from the other side of my family. Back in the mid-1980s I received a call that my mother’s brother had died. She had … Continue reading
Smokey and I visited Elder Son in Sioux Falls this weekend. Did I tell you that is where he is doing his residency? He is two weeks into it and seems to be happy (yay!) No photos to share (boo!) … Continue reading
An unsettling conversation happened at work last week. Let me tell you it. First, let me set the stage. My co-workers are all under 35, many well under 35. I could easily be their mother, even their grandmother. Sometimes the … Continue reading
I woke up this morning feeling what my father used to call "punk" — ouchies in the midsection. This was really too bad, as abdominal ouchies can generally be cured by a good long session in the bathroom. Not these, … Continue reading
The Youth Performance Company is staging a play called Mean about how mean a kid's *friends* can be. Bullying, cruelty — all that crap. Remember being in grade school and/or junior high? You may have your own memories of that hell. … Continue reading