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All kinds of naked

Tomorrow I’m heading to Green Bay totally naked. Drop your eyebrows. Close your mouth. I WILL be dressed, but clothing is the least of it. I’m having surgery tomorrow, and I’m not allowed to wear the really important things. Like … Continue reading

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Snowbound

Today we feasted on the last of the oranges and the peanut butter. Tomorrow we die. Well, maybe not. But our larder is getting sparser and they’re still telling us to stay inside, stay off the roads, take shelter, take … Continue reading

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Just out of sight

The mail truck just drove by the house, and my first fleeting thought was, “Maybe there will be a letter from Mom.” There will never be another letter from Mom, of course. I spent a week-and-a-half in Michigan watching her … Continue reading

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Living in the in-between

I’m living in the between-time, and I know it won’t last. But while it does, I’m safe. April 4 my mother died. April 9 is her funeral. The grief jumps out and bites me now and then, but mostly the … Continue reading

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The hardest goodbye

My mom is dying. There’s no easy way to say that, no softer words to use that will make the reality any easier to accept. My mother, who bore me, raised me, loved me always, supported me unconditionally, will be … Continue reading

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Bean cakes? Who knew

It’s Lent again. In fact, we’re halfway through it, and that means George and I are halfway through the third-world recipes that come each year with the Catholic Relief Services’ rice bowls. I don’t intend to write here about praying, … Continue reading

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Laughing at the errant “r”

(Is it cheating to reprint one of my old newspaper columns as a blog? Although I didn’t save all the things I once wrote for the “Lake County News-Chronicle” (Minnesota) where I worked, my mother did save a few. Every … Continue reading

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Still alive and thinking

A writer I like from the online Blessed Is She group I belong to recently started her column by admitting it might just involve a bit of navel gazing, but that she was in the mood to write so she … Continue reading

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Making schizophrenic squirrels

I have schizophrenic squirrels. The poor things don’t know who they are, welcome visitors or hated moochers, and it’s probably our fault. I never started out to feed squirrels. Those things hanging from our shepherd’s hooks and the tree are … Continue reading

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What’s your brag?

It’s Labor Day, so I’m not laboring. Such a lame joke that gets repeated every year, and every year someone feels clever for saying it. I suppose somewhere in this country, Labor Day is celebrated the way it once was–with … Continue reading

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