You’re It!

December sucked. I got sick midway through and the cough is finally clearing up. My nose is raw from blowing snot out of it for weeks but I am just about done. I didn't go to one festive holiday party. Not one. Deren and I weren't getting along. Mostly due to other stresses in our …

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Dear Katie,

For my readers who don't know Katie's story, please refer back here and here. Katie has been home for a few months and returns to school today. She is still working so hard and has come so far and her reward is a touch of normalcy, she gets to go to school half time for …

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Now It’s Just Embarrassing

Many of you know how useless and actionless my job is but you also know it provides me with health insurance, very lax office hours and oversight, and an income while I work to get enough non-profit contracts to leave this job. I can now add physically painful to that list, as my neck and …

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An Open Letter to My Daughters

Dear Annie and Brigid, Your nonchalant refusal to take me up on my invitation yesterday to join me on my trip to the cemetery to take flowers to my parents was completely thoughtless, showing that you have hit new lows in self-indulgent, inconsiderate behavior. You were not only disrespectful to me, you were disrespectful to …

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A Miraculous Good Friday to You!

Ten years ago on Good Friday my dad was dying. Not like, he was sick and frail and was going to die soon. Dying. Multiple organ failure and that Friday his kidneys were beginning to fail. Renal failure generally means you aren't long for this world. He had been ill for weeks. My parents came …

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Portland in Black and White

Saturday night Derwood and I went to dinner at Toro Bravo in NE Portland, I have heard that it is always crowded and doesn't take reservations. It opens at 5:00, so we went at 4:45 so we could just scootch in when it opened. We arrived early and found that there were dozens of people …

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Shame on you Paw My Gosh

Do you follow Paw My Gosh on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or Tumblr or whatever the hell other place there is for following things? Paw My Gosh is one of those websites with cute dog pictures and stories and videos about darling animals and the wonderful things they do. Up until last week, I …

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A Life Story That Got Me Thinkin’

The ever brilliant David Dixon's post last week ties in exactly with this post so go look at it. Fabulous, right? My parents used to call the Obituary section of the newspaper "The Irish Sports Page". Like them, I read the obits every day. I love the stories which most of the time make me …

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So, What’s in Store for 2014?

Do you make New Year's Revolutions? I do, sometimes. I love the years when my resolution is to do more crossword puzzles and bam! I do it and I have stayed true to my word. Then there are the boring new year's resolutions....diet, alcohol, exercise, smoking, etc. Those are the UnHoly Quadrangle of failed New …

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The Miracle of Elephant Eating

How do you eat an elephant? You know, because an elephant is really, really big and could weigh up to 12,000 lbs, so it would be really tough to plan an eating strategery. I doubt anyone would want to eat a real live elephant so let's instead ask, "how do you eat a 12,000 pound …

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