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I Want a Reason

By | February 18th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I don’t know if they still do it or not. I’m fortunate enough not to have a teenager permanently entrenched in our house, so with no one in high school, I don’t know if they still publish an anthology of student poetry each year. But they did when my son was a senior, so of […]


With Dignity and Honor

By | February 11th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Growing up I was always jealous of my friends’ parents and what they did for a living. I mean, come on. One of them had a car dealership so guess who got to drive the newest, bestest vehicle on the lot? If there was a clothing store affiliation, there were, of course, new clothes in […]


Is He Mean?

By | February 5th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I’m sitting at my desk, up to my bleary eyeballs in 1099s, when my cell phone rings. The screen tells me my son is on the other end. Question 1: Are you at work? Answer, yes. Question 2: Are you busy? It is January 29th and I have two days to get a gazillion 1099s […]


A Lamp to Light Our Way

By | January 29th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

There was a point, approximately a lifetime ago, when I routinely made trips to Jackson (as in Tennessee, not Mississippi). If it wasn’t doctors’ appointments for the kids it was shopping for the kids or something else for the kids. It was always an adventure of some description, especially since I had one that became car […]


The Infection of Grief

By | January 23rd, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

He was young . . . strong . . . incredibly healthy. Everything had been done correctly and with great care. The deep, jagged gash in his leg had been cleaned and sutured, bandaged to ward against the entrance of germs, the possibility of infection. Yet here he lay, his leg fiery red, swollen with […]


My House is Haunted

By | January 14th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Just in case anyone cares, my house is haunted.  I know that may seem a little disturbing to some of you, especially if you were planning a visit (which is highly unlikely), but I felt the need to forewarn anyone who might take it into their heads to arrive unexpectedly.  (Please don’t.) And how, you […]


Whose Body Shall This Be?

By | January 8th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Spoiler alert. This is an educational blog post. If you are opposed to gleaning new information or have a fear of learning, especially where after death matters are concerned, do not proceed. If, on the other hand, you or someone you know has trust issues or no remaining family, then this is information you need. […]


Resolutions

By | December 31st, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

It is Christmas Day night and my brood is gathering for our traditional meal of Christmas Eve leftovers, after which we will open packages, turning the Christmas card scene in my living room into something resembling the aftermath of a tornado. My little one and her husband have just arrived, her brother and his crew […]


The Gift of Memory

By | December 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I have a Christmas tree . . . well, to be more precise, I have seven. There’s the one in my daughter’s room that is all silver and white with ornaments we’ve had ever since we decided she needed her own tree. There’s the one in my son’s room that at one time belonged to […]


The Changing of Tradition

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

It is December 25, 2009. My mother-in-law is standing before me, waiting expectantly to see if I like the gift she has carefully selected for me. But I can’t give her the enthusiastic response she wants. I don’t want to be there. I don’t want to be with them, or with anyone else for that […]