Never Forgotten Stories

Prior to his death, Dad used to say The stories I have told will die with me. No one will ever tell them again. My sister Lindy and I did everything we could to reassure him that we would keep his stories alive and indeed that is part of what this blog is about. Dad’s […]

Write the Little Story

As my dear sister Abby and I have been sharing our memories, each one seems to spark another story. And so it seems that although each vignette may be just a little story, if one puts them altogether, they become a mighty blend of our lives. I have been the lucky one in many ways. […]

Playing Games With No Winners

One of the funniest things our stepmother Beatrice says is that she doesn’t play games. As Bobby Fischer was to chess, Beatrice is to mind games. She is truly the grandmaster (or grandmistress) of all game playing! Beatrice loved nothing more than getting one of us alone and talking about what was wrong with “the […]

Too Pretty to Work

When my sister and I were growing up, there was a TV show called “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” This show starred Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis and Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menniger. Bob Denver, who went on to fame and fortune as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island, played Dobie’s best friend Maynard G. Krebs. […]

“August: Osage County” or “July: Macon County”?

After attending the movie “August: Osage County”, I knew in my heart of hearts that I must call my sister Abby and warn her. Although I enjoyed the fine acting done by the ensemble cast, it hit a little too close to home for my comfort. I found it heartbreaking and would not allow myself […]

“It’s Coming at Me From All Directions”

To say our stepmother Beatrice was an enigma would be an understatement. The first time my sister and I met her was in a restaurant prior to her marriage to our father, and she could not have been more charming. Her hair was arranged in a cute short bob and her make-up and clothing were […]