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It is a truth universally known that appliances die in threes. You watch in helpless dread when the dishwasher starts leaking, because you know your breakdown woes have just begun. Appliance blight will almost certainly spread. You can only hope … Continue reading
I have my mother’s hands. That’s not something I’ve ever taken as a compliment – no offense, Mom. Our hands are broad and short-fingered. A network of lines criss-crosses both palm and back. The adjectives “sturdy” and “capable” come to mind … Continue reading
My Dad sired 9 children. He then topped that accomplishment by staying around, with our Mom, to raise every one of us. For that reason alone, he deserves to be Father of The Year. Not convinced? Here are a … Continue reading
According to the saying, “A diamond is forever.” That’s why engagement rings have diamonds – they symbolize permanence. But I know a rock that makes a diamond look as fleeting as a Popsicle on a summer sidewalk, and that’s … Continue reading
Longfellow’s classic poem warns, “Into each life some rain must fall.” But how are we supposed to cope when life seems to be a never-ending series of gully-washers? A couple of months ago I took a trip to Washington state … Continue reading
How we view the end of life is a reflection of how we view life itself – it’s a question of perspective. Those of you who have been around here a while may recall that a couple of years ago … Continue reading
It started with the death of someone I’d never met. I am a treasure seeker (aka pack-rat) and love going to auctions. If I’m at an estate auction, I pass the time constructing a biography of the person’s life. … Continue reading
About 25 years ago my mother-in-law, Virginia, and sister-in-law, Jane, asked me to go with them to a taping of a talk show then popular in Chicago, the Jenny Jones Show. We were put in a holding room where the … Continue reading
Two women slid into the pew directly in front of me as the church service started. The younger led her mother by the hand. The tiny, elderly woman was a bit unsteady on her feet, but her eyes were bright … Continue reading