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Unpacking the Bag

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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…

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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

Posted on August 24th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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?

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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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 […]


Fix It!

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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We were indulging in our traditional Sunday evening meal at La Potosina, joined as was customary by our son and his family.  Seated next to me was the infamous Wilson of gray road fame (kindly see my previous post) and across from me, his younger brother, the notoriously cute Anderson.  When their usual cheese quesadillas […]


I Do Not Like This Bumpy Road!

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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I have this wonderful grandson named Wilson who has an equally wonderful brother named Anderson.  I am compelled to mention this because Wilson is the subject of this particular post and Anderson is just cute and deserves to be recognized as such (says his granny).  Although Wilson has only been around for the last four plus years, […]


Too Blind to See

Posted on June 1st, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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I sat at my desk on Monday, shuffling through the pile of paper that threatens to avalanche into the floor at any moment. The usual Monday interruptions came and went—telemarketers selling things we didn’t need (and often had never heard of), people wanting to change our phone service provider or credit card processor, very nice […]