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59 Years and Still Going Strong (most of the time …)

These photos were taken at my mom’s wedding shower March 1952.  On the left, coming through the door is my mother, hiding to her right is her older sister Pat and sitting down is my dad’s mother Helen, and his sister Mary Ellen.  Bringing up the rear behind my mom, you can catch a glimpse of … Continue reading

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Some Updates; Or, “intelligence, news, tidings, word”

1.  My dad is doing well, but still waiting for the results from his mammogram.  When asked how the test went, he told me “It wasn’t bad, but then I don’t have boobies either.”  Ok.  Thanks for that image dad. 2.  My mom seems to be pretty feisty these days.  She told me today that she called … Continue reading

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The VCR is Broken and I Can’t Cook Without It and It’s All Your Fault! (Rerun)

Originally posted on the blog in November 2009, but reposted here today for your reading pleasure! For as many years as I can remember, my sister and then brother-in-law loaded up the kids and came to our parents’ for the holidays. Way back in the mid-1980’s, my sister decided that she wanted to make Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Mom Called; or, “Your dad is losing it, you know.”

I had a conversation with my mom last week that bothered me a little.  I know my dad is old.  I know that he has dementia or “a touch” of Alzheimer’s.  Whatever it is, it’s causing him to occasionally act odd, say weird things, and drive like a Jeff Gordon Wannabe.  He is changing, sometimes for the … Continue reading

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Oh, the Stories a Geriatrican Could Tell; or, Your Dad’s Getting a Mammogram

My mom called earlier this evening just to check in and see what I was up to all day.  She really wants to come for a visit, but can’t leave my dad alone for long these days as his patience is short, and he gets confused easily.  He also needs to stay off the main highway, … Continue reading