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 […]

Never Establish Eye Contact

Our stepmother had some kind of funny pieces of advice that she shared whenever the mood hit her. If you happened to be out in public and there were strangers around that she felt might want something from her, she always said: Never establish eye contact. I think about this piece of advice whenever I […]

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Recently I read about a brother and sister who published a fairly unflattering obituary when their mother died. Here is an excerpt of it: Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 30,  2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime  torturing in every […]

They can’t drive you crazy if you don’t give them the keys

They can’t drive you crazy if you don’t give them the keys… What a great title for a book! I saw this when I was browsing through the book selection while volunteering at our local VA. It reminded me of Mother and our dear stepmother Beatrice, both of whom loved nothing more than driving us […]

Dead…Dead Drunk, That Is

When I was in college, one Sunday afternoon Dad and our stepmother Beatrice had left for the evening to see a movie and have a nice dinner out after the movie. This left my brother Kevin and my sister Sissy to their own devices. Kevin was about 14 years old at the time, and Sissy […]

The Fabric of Our Lives

I heard a great quote while watching the television show ‘The Waltons’: The family fabric gave from time to time but the mending always made it stronger. As with any family, we have had our ups and downs. The female parental units were often the instigators of the issues within our family. In fact, they […]