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What Weird Times These Are

What Weird Times These Are

Oh, boy. Please, 2022, be better than (at least the last part of) 2021. I'm looking back over the past month or so and thinking that if I tried to write it as a story, any decent editor would reject it as far too improbable. Here's a (not so) quick timeline: November...

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

For 40 years, the holidays started for me the week before Thanksgiving. It was a short work week, and I'd start packing on Monday for my one-and-a-half-hour trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas from Memphis. I couldn't wait to get in the car and drive over one of Memphis' two...

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Charlie

Charlie

It's 2008. Me, to my 16-year-old daughter, broken hearted after the end of a friendship: Sweetheart, I'm so sorry you're hurting. What do you think would make it better? I expected to hear "cookies," or "a sweet tea from McAllister's," or even "a new top." Instead she...

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Fish: Phase Two

Fish: Phase Two

Today we finished what we’re calling Phase Two of our betta fish tank project. We’re not experts, but we managed to get the filter set up, the tank filled, water tested, and decorations added.

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How Not to Be a Jerk When a Friend is Grieving

How Not to Be a Jerk When a Friend is Grieving

Warning: I'm only a month out from loss and I'm still raw. So this post is pretty unvarnished, and maybe a little angry. That's where I am. Please read with that understanding. You've just lost a loved one. You're in shock, reeling, and numb. Just to put one foot in...

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How to Honor Older Relatives Who Have Hearing Loss

How to Honor Older Relatives Who Have Hearing Loss

At my age (I'm a proud 57), I and many of my contemporaries are dealing with aging parents. With age comes hearing loss, and, although I haven't practiced audiology (MA in audiology, University of Memphis, 1984) in 22 years*, I do still remember a thing or two about...

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I Miss Him in The Summertime

I Miss Him in The Summertime

I miss him a lot in the summertime. Baseball season. Busch Stadium II. The Bottlecap. Baseball Heaven. The seats were red and they were so hot in July. Yes, St. Louis is north of Arkansas and Tennessee, they get more snow in the winter, but it gets darned scorching...

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A Parent’s Paradox

A Parent’s Paradox

When you become a parent, you sign up for a life of mixed emotions. You want them to sit up, but you know you'll miss holding them. You want them to walk, but you fear they'll fall and hit their head. You want them to go to school, but it means they will leave you. It...

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Don’t Teach Them to Hate

Don’t Teach Them to Hate

I'm not a big movie person. There are not many movies I've seen in a theater in the past 10 years, and only a few that I've seen on DVD. Occasionally a film will come along that I think is worth seeing, and 42 is one of my favorites ever. No, not just because it's a...

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Blue

Blue

Just yesterday, I marveled at the fact that I didn’t feel a bit blue this week. The first two weeks in June are always difficult, as the anniversaries of two loved ones lost occur within days of one another; my sister-in-law (killed in a car accident June 9, 1999) and...

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Letting Go — and Letting Go for Real

Letting Go — and Letting Go for Real

Throughout our girls' college years, we moved each of them at least three times. From home to dorm, dorm to apartment, and from apartment back home. Today our oldest, Elizabeth, 25, moved again. This one is for real. In fact, as I write this, she's driving a U-Haul,...

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RIP Uncle Larry

RIP Uncle Larry

I was sitting at the hair salon with foils in my hair when I picked up my phone and saw the text message from my cousin letting me know that my uncle had passed away early that morning. After I caught my breath, I texted my girls to let them know that the great uncle...

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Morning By Morning

Morning By Morning

Tuesday, February 19, about 8:45 a.m. Just a bit more than nine months ago. I was about to leave for work when my phone rang. I recognized the number as Jim's old cell number and wondered why on earth he was using it to call me. The answer came when I accepted the...

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RIP Sweet Molly Girl: 14 Years of Love

RIP Sweet Molly Girl: 14 Years of Love

In happier days — she loved playing with this foam football. She'd bring it to us over and over until we got tired of throwing. One of the worst things about being a grownup is having to do hard things. We did one of those things today. Our beloved 14-year-old...

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On the Occasion of His 20th Anniversary in Heaven

On the Occasion of His 20th Anniversary in Heaven

Daddy and Jim were always talking about camaras. I've noticed for the past week or so that I've felt inexplicably blue. Even though they come around every year, somehow the anniversaries always seems to sneak up on me. In 1993, my dad passed away suddenly on June 13,...

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On the Occasion of the 21st Birthday of My Youngest Baby

On the Occasion of the 21st Birthday of My Youngest Baby

My youngest baby is 21 today. It makes me a little misty eyed, I'm not gonna lie. I tried to resist the motherly instincts last night when she told me she was going out at midnight to buy her first legal drink. Me: Be careful. Are you taking Ethan (longtime...

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For Gracie: Godspeed, Tiny Puppy

For Gracie: Godspeed, Tiny Puppy

If we're connected on any social network, you know by now that we lost one of our four dogs on Christmas Day. We're not really sure what happened, but the best guess is that she had an illness we didn't know about and just found a place in my mom's back yard to curl...

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5 Ways to Get Ready for the Empty Nest. With Charts.

5 Ways to Get Ready for the Empty Nest. With Charts.

One of the things I'm proudest of is the fact that Jim and I will celebrate 26 years of marriage next month. No small feat to find someone who will put up with me for that long. We have learned a lesson or two in the process, so I thought I'd share a few. First, you...

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