Ask First, Post Later

Posted on February 23rd, 2017
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She walked into our office for one reason and one reason only—to confirm her father’s death. Or perhaps what she really wanted was to confirm that the Facebook post she had seen wasn’t true.  She still had hope it was a mistake . . . until she asked her question and the secretary answered.  And […]

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And Why Would I Want To Do That?

Posted on February 16th, 2017
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Now that I have your attention, please allow me to clarify. My daughter tells me that embalming is not actually a defense against zombies since to kill a zombie (which I believe is already supposed to be dead?) you have to destroy their brain.  I contend that chemical preservation should at least render a brain […]

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A Time to Rant

Posted on February 9th, 2017
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Warning—I am about to step on some toes. And I know that.  I don’t plan on apologizing beforehand because hopefully said stepping will not require such.  There are just certain subjects in this life about which I feel very strongly, so much so that it is difficult for me to remain silent when confronted with […]

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Knowing Enough to Know

Posted on February 2nd, 2017
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Recently one of our employees flipped open a newspaper that arrives in our office on a daily basis and pointed to an ad for cremation from another funeral home. The quoted price was pretty low and he asked me how they could do that.  I skimmed over the ad and then read it much more […]

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The Journey

Posted on January 25th, 2017
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Although every life eventually arrives at the same destination on this earth, no two lives travel the same path to get there, even if the twists and turns vary only slightly. Not every life is gifted with the same opportunities or the same blessings and not every life will positively impact the world around them. […]

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Flowers or Finances

Posted on January 19th, 2017
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Those of you who don’t reside in my neck of the woods (which, I presume, would be the vast majority) are probably unaware that the world temporarily ended at approximately 8:30 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. That’s almost the precise moment when the networks of both AT&T and Version ceased to function.  I know […]

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Organized Ducks

Posted on January 11th, 2017
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I understand that useful knowledge is often dry and boring, the learning of which is avoided at all costs. But sometimes, boring or not, there’s information out there that you or someone you know will need.  Maybe not now.  Maybe not tomorrow or next week or even next year.  Probably not even in a game […]

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Everything In Its Season

Posted on January 4th, 2017
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Shock and amazement. My Christmas tree(s) are still up.  So is my Christmas garland.  And my Christmas everything else.  I know there are people who spent Christmas Day storing everything Christmas, but honestly, by then I’m too exhausted to even contemplate such, much less actually engage in the task.  And I know there are some […]

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A Certain Future

Posted on December 29th, 2016
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She sits as close to him as circumstances will allow and, after 60 years, they are still holding hands. If she has not taken his, he reaches for hers.  If ever two people were one, they are those people.  But his health has declined significantly over the past few months, and his mind has already […]

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It’s the Little Things

Posted on December 21st, 2016
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For the last I-don’t-know-how-many years, my daughter and I have baked cookies in December. Lots and lots of cookies.  And we try to keep up with the numbers, not so we can brag but so we know how many of each kind can go on a plate.  This year’s calculations—and baking—yielded 1,905 bits of deliciousness.  […]

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