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┬áplace 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 […]

Calling All Spirits

Mother had a propensity to give money to many questionable charities. Remember the Chinese Bibles? She was never as generous as when she could pull out her pocketbook for those she had never met and apparently she could have cared less if it was a scam. Strange as it may sound, even in death, they […]

Disciplined in a good way and a not so good way

Dad was very disciplined in his life. He loved his work as an attorney and was not only diligent but also excelled at his profession. He was up early, off to his office, stayed late and set an example for us to follow. His personal life was also disciplined. Dad ate healthy, drank in moderation […]

Circling the wagon with a broken spoke

When our beloved sister Sissy passed, on an early November evening, the telephone tree lit up with disbelief. Yes, we knew she had cancer and had recently enlisted the services of hospice, but we had made plans to go and visit and help in any way she would wish. I was planning on heading out […]