Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Great Patriarch

The man I loved, like a father, was a man a great many people referred to as a father figure.  Regardless of their relationship with him, the amount of time spent together and even they’d only read his words on a page, the phrase heard most often from people was always the same: “He was like a father to me.” This Great Patriarch came into my life, because of my Maternal Unit – a woman who had taken responsibility for […]

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Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s has been described by many as a disease where affected loved ones deteriorate and “slip away” over time.  In my own family, I’ve watched my Maternal Unit follow the only man she’s ever loved, as he drifts from our sight and she pulls further and further away. Especially over the last 39 days. Today marks day #39 at the hospital.  The parking lot crew smiles when they see me drive up now, because they know me.  The staff of […]

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Recipe for Life: Wishbone / Backbone / Funnybone

“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.”  Country Singer Reba MaEntire said that and I have to say, it is one of the best recipes I have heard, so far, on how to survive this wild and wooly ride called Life.  Like any good recipe base, her words of wisdom provide an excellent foundation.  Those three elements are a pretty solid meat (or other protein source, for my non-meatatarian friends) and potato […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Five

Standing outside, the air was brisk, but not bitterly cold.  This was thee kind of weather that Jeri’s father always called, “invigorating.”  Certainly, that seemed to be the effect on Andy as he ran full-speed-ahead into the middle of Main Street.  Since cars were only allowed on the periphery of town, Jeri didn’t panic.  At least, not the way she did at home when Andy would try to bolt from her, never ever paying any attention to the danger of […]

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