It’s Complicated

Life is complicated. An understatement when you have been through the wringer of dysfunction in your family. First came our mother Mary with her myriad of troubles, a troubled past, a troubled present and a boatload of “troubles”. Mental problems aggravated by alcohol abuse, pill popping, food addiction and refusing to accept responsibility just to […]

What Is A Family?

After finding a wonderful definition of family, it caused me to ponder exactly what connects us. Is it just blood that makes us a family? Or is it something deeper and often more meaningful? The definition I found is: family 1.  one of life’s greatest blessings 2.  a group of individuals living under one roof: […]

“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”

I don’t think Merle Haggard ever knew our mother. Although his song I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink seems to have been written with her in mind. In fact it could have been her motto. Now she never admitted to this being her slogan. In fact, her usual state was one of denial. […]

“Sorry don’t feed the bulldog!”

While I was cruising through the television channels this morning, I heard a funny quote from Andy Griffith of ‘Matlock’ fame. When a character apologized to him, he said: Sorry don’t feed the bulldog! Now, while the poor use of grammar does make me cringe, I get exactly what he means. Our  mother was famous […]

The Best Sister in the World

You already  know that my sister Lindy and I have a special bond, much more than most sisters. People who are from so-called normal families will tell me that they speak with their sister once a month or so. That is not the way with Lindy and me. We speak every day and sometimes several […]

Dancing with the Angels

Our dear sister Sissy went to Heaven after a long and courageous battle with an ugly disease called pancreatic cancer. We had been praying for a miracle for her complete recovery from this disease but we know the miracle of complete healing was granted the moment she passed from her earthly home to her home […]