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Show Me

By | October 23rd, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

There’s a reason Missouri is the “show me” state and why we have old sayings like, “Seeing is believing” and “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” It’s because somewhere along the way, years and years and years ago, someone figured out that the best way to convince a person of something was to show it […]


Your Mama’s on the Roof

By | October 13th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

A man went on vacation, entrusting the care and feeding of his cat to his friend who also happened to live next door.  A few days into his trip, his phone rang.  His friend and cat keeper was on the other end.  “Hey, man.  I’m really sorry, but your cat got up on the roof […]


The Beauty of Age

By | September 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I would like to state for the record that I am highly insulted, offended, ticked, miffed, irritated, annoyed, ill, perturbed, aggravated, and any other synonym for mad that presently escapes me. It happened while I was ironing the other morning.  Yes, I iron.  I don’t want to look like I slept in my clothes—and I […]


Unpacking the Bag

By | September 15th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I am a granny.  Actually, that’s not exactly right.  I am a Mona, a name concocted by my son and daughter-in-law at the approaching birth of their son, Wilson.  If you know my first name, then you get it.  If not, don’t worry.  It’s really not that important to the overall story. I’ve been very […]


‘Tis Midnight

By | September 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

He sat in the middle of the cemetery, the mist slowly engulfing him, limiting his sight and feeding his growing anxiety.  Why in the world had he agreed to be here?  Thinking back on the person who called, he decided it would be a suitable practical joke to have him sitting in the dark at […]


What if…

By | August 30th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

A little over one year ago, August 29, 2013 to be precise, I got the phone call that no parent ever wants to receive.  The unnaturally calm voice on the other end of the line informed me there had been an accident.  What kind of accident, I wanted to know.  And from there came the […]


Snow White

By | August 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Working in a funeral home gives you a different perspective on so much in life . . . and death. We talk more freely about both, but especially the death side of life. I have looked at my children and, disobeying my own rule about afterlife demands, have told them I don’t want to be […]


Peter

By | August 16th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

The world, or at least the world as we know it, is reeling from the death of a beloved actor and comedian, one who managed, at one point or another, to touch a nerve in the souls of most everyone.  Robin Williams left behind a body of work that not only encapsulated life but often […]


The Observations of John

By | April 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Throughout my father’s adult life, at least the part of which I was a part, he never cared much for perfect timing—unless it was for a good joke or the beginning of a funeral.  Beyond that he tended to be perpetually late simply because he would never tell anyone that he had to go.  If […]


Should I be Doing Anything Now?

By | September 9th, 2013 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

In May of 2008 my mother managed to surprise everyone by dying before my dad did.  He had been bedfast since June of 2005 with a mind that rapidly failed him, eventually rendering him silent except for the occasional groan . . . or growl . . . or unintelligible noise that was his only […]