Down the Rabbit Hole

Mother had a way of trying to explain her illogical logic that was difficult to accept. It was a very Alice in Wonderland sort of experience. The first time a person encountered her twisted “logic”, they often made the mistake of attempting to follow it. Woe to anyone foolish enough to make the same attempt a […]

Martha Stewart, Den Mother

My dad and I were both “lucky” enough to have the genetic disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease. Dad died of this malady in 1997 after spending seven years on dialysis. We had both prayed for a cure for PKD or even some kind of treatment, and several years after Dad’s death our prayers were answered. […]

Following In Mother’s Footsteps

It’s pretty evident that there are quite a few things our mother was not good at. Mother was not Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker. She was not very well acquainted with Mrs. Mop or Mr. Clean. She didn’t have one of those charming personalities that drew people to her. No, her talents were a little […]

The Far From Normal Tom

We have written quite a bit about my mother’s third husband Tom. At one point he wanted my sister and I to become magicians and make her disappear. Dad was quite fascinated with Tom and wanted us to engage him in conversation. Since my sister and I were always on edge when we were around my […]

Mother’s Metamorphosis

When our mother arrived in California, she quickly did what any slightly off-kilter person would do and that was to reinvent herself. No longer a desperate housewife, she transformed into something more like a starlet in waiting. Now Sandra Dee had already been discovered, so Mother had to instead pretend she was just as cute […]

Dad Learns He Has PKD

You may be asking yourself: What in the world is PKD? Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disease that causes problems only once the many cysts (present from birth) begin to grow. It usually causes problems in late middle age, and one can have high blood pressure, back pain, and lessening kidney function. It occurs […]