Category Archives: Family

Turn on the Lights

Light poles weren’t easy to come around in Spokane, Washington in the ninety seventies.  They weren’t even easy to hide behind on a night when lights were required. My late brother, Steve, although mostly revered for his wrestling talents, was … Continue reading

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Menopause

One of my sisters began menopause in her mid twenties.  It’s lasted for forty more years, yet I absolutely adore her, especially without moments of civil rage.  In our family, regarding my sisters, civil rage can be manifested by someone … Continue reading

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Tools and T-Ball

On God’s Seventh Inning Stretch, he created T-Ball.  It was one of his many mistakes. Actually, that’s not entirely true. He probably was just messing with us when he gave us the gift of the Tee, but, as usual, we abused … Continue reading

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Secular Advantages

As a Catholic, the most difficult thing for me growing up with Mormons for neighbors wasn’t the religious separation, but was spelling, “Mormon” correctly when sending them a greeting card.  It tended to depreciate the level of care we genuinely … Continue reading

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Mayberry (Rated RFD)

My mother doesn’t use the F- word.  She leaves that to her thirteen children.  And, if one of her children doesn’t make the f bomb quota on a certain month, she can depend on the others to deliver it properly. … Continue reading

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The Seven Year Old Itch

The love of money and Ding Dongs are the root of all evil. Gambling had consumed my life by the time I was seven years old.  The transition from horse racing to gambling on football was far too smooth.  It … Continue reading

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The Revolution

Just to let everyone in cyberspace know, the New Year doesn’t officially begin until the college football National Champion is proved to be worth the wait.  Therefore, don’t worry about your phony resolutions until Tuesday, the ninth of January.  Wipe … Continue reading

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Goggles

“Connection of the Blind” (a worthy cause) called my one hundred and something mother the other day, and after answering, my mother responded, “I can’t help you.  I’m deaf.” As a joke, this wouldn’t be funny. My mother genuinely made … Continue reading

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Passing Pride

“Fart Proudly.”  That’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin.   Evidently, Ben was a discerning man, especially when it came to gas taxes and Turkeys.  Further observing one of our Nation’s greatest holidays, Ben voted for the turkey over the Balding … Continue reading

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Just Some Stuffing

Stuff this and dress that.  I do love the dressing and the stuffing.  Dark or white turkey?  I’ll take both with a splash of gravy.  (No one knows the difference if good gravy is on anything.)  Yams and Sweet potatoes … Continue reading

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