Tag Archives: death

Yet Another Milestone I’d Rather Avoid

  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

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Dancing Through the Raindrops

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

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Magic Carpet Ride

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

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Rocks Of Ages

  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

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How To Earn The Title: World’s Worst Mother-In-Law

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

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What We Remember At The End

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

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Heads You Win, Tails You Lose

* Oh, God!  We’re slowing to a crawl.  Look at those taillights, stretching ahead as far as the eye can see.   Damn!  I’m going to be late for work for SURE.  And will my jerk-wad boss care that it is … Continue reading

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