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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 […]


Does it Ever Quit Hurting?

By | December 11th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I don’t know why my eyes focused on her, but I watched her through most of the Service of Remembrance. Although she was seated with several others, she seemed to be alone, and as the service progressed I could see her physically struggling to maintain what little composure she had left. At times her body […]


Don’t Judge My Grief

By | December 4th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Through sheer will-power she had managed to get ready, forced herself to leave her house and drive, of all places, to the funeral home to order more Christmas ornaments. Her son’s name would be on them, his dates of birth and death also engraved there. His death had been, and still was, devastating. Life had […]


It is Better to Remain Silent . . .

By | November 19th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

. . . and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt—at least that was Abraham Lincoln’s take on the matter of speaking without thought or knowledge or both.  Unfortunately, we as human beings often have a need to say something, especially when we find ourselves in an uncomfortable or […]


Take the Time

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

There are those times when, for whatever reason, I end up alone at the funeral home . . . alone meaning I am the only living, breathing human being in the place. Granted, I generally have company, but we are rarely in the same room and if we are, they are extremely quiet, minding their […]


The Egg Cup

By | November 6th, 2014 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Anderson, my ridiculously cute three year old grandson, stood before me, clutching a small, stuffed pink flamingo in his tiny hands. With his wonderfully clear and somewhat pleading blue eyes, he looked up at me and asked, “Can I, Mona? Can I take him home?” He had asked for a “friend” from his daddy’s old […]


Isaiah

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

His name is Isaiah. I know that because he told me so. And he’s five. He told me that as well. And he wrestles forks encased in plastic. I’m not exactly sure why. I was making coffee in the lounge when he popped around the end of the island and asked my name. I told […]


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 […]