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 […]

The Rainbow Connection

Last week our sister Sissy went to heaven, and we will miss her so much. When you live in a dysfunctional family, you tend to bond even tighter with your siblings. Sissy and my sister Lindy and I were best friends. We discussed everything and laughed constantly. After she died, her daughters found a letter […]

Fighting at a Funeral

While Mother and Husband Number Three Tom were living in Indiana, I received a phone call from her to let me know that her brother-in-law had passed away. Mother and Tom were headed to Chicago for the funeral. I felt compelled to make the trip as well. My sister wisely refused to accompany me to […]


Dad loved his children and wanted to protect them from every harm. When the subject of death came up, Dad decided to keep it out of our lives. When our puppy died, Dad disposed of the corpse before we were around and explained the death as though the puppy had “poofed.” When¬†our two remaining ¬†grandparents […]