Memories, Not Dreams

Posted on June 22nd, 2016
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They had just gotten her turned and settled. He lay down on the small bed next to hers, planning to spend another night watching . . . waiting . . .  but before he could drift off to sleep she called to him, asking to be turned again.  “Why?” he questioned.  “We just turned you […]

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Through a Child’s Eyes

Posted on June 15th, 2016
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Children are such amazing creatures. They see and hear and remember EVERYTHING . . . especially if we don’t want them to.  And every observation is generally met with the same frustrating, unanswerable question.  Why?  Why does it look like that?  Why did fill-in-the-blank do that?  Why can’t I do that, too? Most of the […]

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Perils of the Professionals

Posted on June 9th, 2016
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It was a long stretch of highway, a ribbon of asphalt that seemed to run forever. No towns to break the monotony.  No houses scattered about that could give one a false sense of security should anything happen that required assistance.  Not even a street light to chase away the absolute darkness. There had been […]

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Thirty-Eight Years

Posted on June 2nd, 2016
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Thirty-eight years ago—June 1, 1978 to be exact—I walked through the doors of the old funeral home on Main Street. It wasn’t like I hadn’t done that at least a million times before, but this time I came as a full time employee, hired by my father to assist my mother with the bookkeeping.  It […]

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Reunited

Posted on May 26th, 2016
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He was only a few weeks old when Death came to call. It was November of 1963; his parents lived in Savannah and chose to bury him in a local cemetery.  Time passed, their lives changed, and work necessitated a move south.  Although they were hundreds of miles away from their son, he was never […]

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Not My Circus. Not My Monkeys.

Posted on May 19th, 2016
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Not my circus. Not my monkeys. I absolutely love that. The first time I ever heard it was during a conversation with my daughter about I-don’t-remember-what . . . but it was definitely something extremely annoying and definitely something out of her control.  She exited bookkeeping, turned around and came back through the door, looked […]

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Rumors and Lies

Posted on May 12th, 2016
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In case you missed it, Prince died a couple of weeks ago. I walked into the front office and someone mentioned his death to which someone else replied, “Wait a minute.  Is that like THE Prince or is that like Prince Somebody?” Less than five minutes after the man’s death was announced, the theories began […]

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Reflections

Posted on May 5th, 2016
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Warning. I am about to make a tremendous understatement. Holidays are tough. There. I said it.  Holidays are hard when grief gets in the way.  Maybe not every holiday.  Maybe not Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day so much.  But those holidays that center around family—like Christmas and Thanksgiving—and those that focus on one particular person—say, […]

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No Man Is An Island

Posted on April 28th, 2016
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She was minding her own business, focused on the task at hand, so she never saw it coming. She did not realize there was evil within reach, disguised as something so innocent . . . so ordinary.  She did not know until it was too late. The situation as described could relate to any number […]

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No Shrines Today

Posted on April 21st, 2016
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Recently my daughter-in-law came by the funeral home. I’m not sure why but she really doesn’t have to have a reason . . . especially if she has the grandkids in tow. My son—her husband—took the opportunity to show her all the stuff we’d renovated . . . the two newly redone staterooms . . […]

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