Archives for My Family

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To my sister on her 16th birthday

Dear Sister, Sixteen years is such a short time. Right now, it doesn’t seem like it because it’s all you’ve known, but I was exactly that age when you were born and I could probably, if I choose to, remember a time that there wasn’t a you in my world, but I don’t. Since there was ...
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Sweet Home Illinois

When things go wrong as they do, the saying goes that blood is thicker than water. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we make families of the people that we choose to allow in our hearts and keep them there. However, I’m really close to my mom and sister, who are my whole ...
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Vague memories of an Irish pub

When we last left our heroine, she was at an Irish pub in the awful land of Washington, D.C.: a land full of people with agendas and horribly arranged streets… We’d moved to a larger room in the back of The Dubliner and our group was gaining people like crazy. By this time, many in the ...
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Happy Birthday AJ!

The Wonder of You When no-one else can understand me When everything I do is wrong You give me hope and consolation You give me strength to carry on And you’re always there to lend a hand In everything I do That’s the wonder The wonder of you And when you smile the world is brighter You touch my hand and I’m a king Your kiss ...
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Let it snow!

In Tennessee, we rarely experience snow. Our weather doesn’t fluctuate often and this week we experienced our most extreme temperatures as they dropped down to single digits. Luckily, this happens, at most, once or twice a year. We may get snow 2-3 times a year. As I grew up in Illinois, snow doesn’t bother me ...
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Female dog attacks

Sometimes our friends want to know how Leon and I argue. We generally are both pretty good humored and seem like our relationship is even-flowing. We’re like any other couple in that we have lots of ups and downs. Things aren’t always as flawless as they may seem. I’d like to think that we handle ...
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As the child grows…

When AJ was little, he had mad empathy. When other babies would cry, he would wail like crazy. This has never left him and I’m inclined to believe it’s part of his temperament. He’s always been the caretaker in this house, and I think it’s because he sees that when one of us is sick, ...
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That’s my boy

Please welcome my guest blogger, LEON! Until recently, I have never really been a Beatles fan. I always associated The Beatles with the bee bop music they did in the late 50s, and I disliked it. Then recently we got Rock Band: The Beatles and that all changed. I realized that I knew dozens of good ...
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Friday Confessional: I don’t know how to let him go

I don’t know how to let him go. He’s not a baby anymore and it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s growing up. I remember the terror I felt the first time I realized that he no longer had the baby scent. And then the first time he smelled. I mean really smelled. As in “go ...
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