Category Archives: Family

MIDSUMMER

If it wasn’t for Midsummer, I wouldn’t be here today.  My family likes to tell the tale of Jennings who, in the early 1930’s, returned to his hometown after a voyage in the Merchant Marines. That particular year, his town … Continue reading

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

  I’ll admit it took me many years to come around to Facebook. Friends and relatives proclaimed it was the only way to keep tabs on what their children and grandchildren were up to. But that seemed a bit sneaky … Continue reading

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A BLANK SLATE

2012 was our first full year as residents of our new state and we filled it up, among other things, with wonder at hoarfrost and tornado skies and ice fishing and Minnesota Nice. I wouldn’t say we’re “old hands” now, … Continue reading

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STICKS AND STONES

  It’s a tricky thing to accuse kids today.  But every generation does it. We always harken back to our youth and reminisce about how much better it was in the old days.  For example – “Radio made us think … Continue reading

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THE DOLDRUMS

There is an inter-tropical convergent zone in our earthworld which exists between 30-35 degrees north and 30-35 degrees south, somewhere between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. It’s known as The Doldrums. “Dold” is an archaic word for stupid. When … Continue reading

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TURNING BACK TO GO FORWARD

“The geometric representation of forward motion which is at the same time recapitulatory is the spiral.” – John Freccero Many years ago, when I was a young mother of two and struggling through college, I became a teaching assistant for … Continue reading

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WHAT COMES AROUND

  Last week my daughter called to say that she had treated herself to a birthday present. She had pierced her nose. What? I ask myself why I am mildly discomforted by this news. Is it because I object to … Continue reading

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HAPPY RETURNS

  I’ve never made a fuss about birthdays. Most years I hoped to slip on through before anyone noticed. This year I’ve received enough attention that I might as well just fess up and celebrate. (And that’s not to say … Continue reading

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HARRIET SYLVIA

I was certain that Mom would make it to 100 and get the congratulatory letter from the President. She almost did. All her life she was fit and healthy. Beautiful into her nineties and always the fashionista. Just three years … Continue reading

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HERITAGE

I’ve been chasing after my past for as long as I can remember, hurtling ethereally backwards to catch a fleeting glimpse of what it meant to be me. All those ghosts I never knew, and a few I did, who … Continue reading

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