Archives for 2014

The Indian School

As you may remember if you have been reading the blog, my mother enjoyed supporting a number of rather dubious charities.  All any charity had to do to receive her money was to ask.  Remember the Chinese Bibles? Last evening, CNN had a report on an Indian school in North Dakota.  The reporter began showing […]

Getting a Cold Drink

After shopping for several hours today, I felt myself in need of a rest for my feet and legs. I decided to employ one of my mother’s favorite respites. She would say: Let’s get a cold drink. As a child, I dreaded hearing her say those words for it meant we would be headed to […]

Hard as Nails

One of Mother’s many eccentricities was Knox Gelatin. She bought boxes of it when she went to the grocery store and made sure that, unlike Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard that was bare, hers was well stocked with peculiar and mostly inedible products. Nothing to make a meal out of but by golly she had her […]

“Sma” Explained

As you have read, when I was very young, I called my dear sister Abby by the name of “Sma”. At the time, and for years after, no one really knew what it meant, least of all me. That was until this morning while sitting in church where I had an epiphany. What greater place to […]

Honky Tonk Amnesia

Great news! While listening to the radio, I finally heard the diagnosis for what was ailing our mother, Mary Jo! The ailment is named, “Honky Tonk Amnesia”. I was almost struck dumb when I heard it because it surely fits our mother to a tee…a dysfunctional, cross-addicted, very troubled tee, but nonetheless a tee! It […]

Beatrice: The Stay at Home Mom

My sisters Lindy and Sissy, along with my brother Kevin and I have had to stick together because our mother Mary and our stepmother Beatrice were not always (wait, make that were not ever) the nurturing, supportive, loving type of mothers. Eight years ago, Sissy lost her beloved husband Don who died of cancer. I […]