Letters From Beyond

Posted on November 10th, 2016
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Recently, while scrolling through the plethora of posts on Facebook, I ran across one of those with shadowy pictures in the background and words that magically appear while telling a sappy story intended to tug at your heartstrings.  Normally I don’t watch those, especially if the tag line is anything like “this brought me to tears” or “I […]

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Questions and Forgiveness

Posted on November 3rd, 2016
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Jose Fernandez. A 2011 first round draft pick and All Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Cuban born, he was so determined to come to America that he attempted to defect three times before succeeding in 2008.  He became a U. S. citizen on April 24, 2015 and recently announced his impending fatherhood.  And all […]

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Irreplaceable

Posted on October 26th, 2016
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It was a terrible fire, one that consumed everything they had. . . including their three children. Growing up, I heard the story quite often since they were family, the grandchildren of my great aunt and uncle whose house was always a place to visit whenever we went to Florence.  That meant at least twice […]

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The Faithful Few

Posted on October 19th, 2016
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There was a definite sadness in his eyes when he spoke of her, of the life she had known and the life that had slowly been taken from her. The depth of that sadness grew when he talked about her lonely days, days that repeated themselves like a broken record, over and over with only […]

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A Broken Heart

Posted on October 12th, 2016
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“She left them first, on a Saturday evening. The next morning they went to the nursing home and told him she was gone; within hours, he joined her. After 69 years of marriage, it only seemed right that they should still be together.” So began our Facebook post yesterday, recounting the beautiful story of a […]

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Tell Me the Story

Posted on October 6th, 2016
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He brought her back home, although she never really lived here. Her father did—lived and died and was buried here.  There were distant cousins scattered about, but she had never called here home until today, and today it still really wasn’t home.  Just the final resting place for what Death had left behind. He had […]

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

Posted on September 28th, 2016
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When I was in elementary school (at least a hundred years ago), I developed a ton of flat warts all across my forehead. I’m talking at least a bazillion.  I don’t know where they came from or how they got there.  It certainly wasn’t because I rubbed a frog all over my face, but frog […]

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It Takes a Village . . .

Posted on September 21st, 2016
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It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, an anomaly for us. Usually there’s at least one funeral and a visitation to start and possibly even a family or two coming in to make arrangements.  But this Sunday was different in a nice kind of way. I was the only living human in the building—or so I […]

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Rocks in the Toilet

Posted on September 14th, 2016
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It was a lovely spring evening at the ballpark, one spent watching grandson number one as he played and occasionally making the required trip to the concession stand with grandson number two (who leans more toward the artistic side of the world than the sporty side). But this particular trip involved a visit to the […]

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A Stranger’s Gift

Posted on September 7th, 2016
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Rarely ever do I find myself in a funeral procession for someone I don’t know. Generally, if I’m going to the cemetery for the committal service, the person who has died was a family member or close friend . . . meaning I’m more focused on the loss than on my surroundings.  But recently, for […]

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