Archives in Category: Nostalgia

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New Traditions

In past years, I would be knee-deep in wrapping gifts, prepping food, and tearing my hair on this date, even if I started holiday planning early. It’s the nature of the holiday.

But this year, we are not exchanging gifts

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On Balance

Today is Thanksgiving Day 2017, and I lay awake this morning thinking of what to be particularly thankful for.

How about the six weeks I spent with bronchitis which prevented Earl and me from visiting Mexico but still paying for

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Spring Flowers

We’re almost to May, so most of the spring flowers have bloomed; and Old Man Winter is about to sneak off for good.  He might have one or two more windy grumbles left, but that’s it. Flowers now rule the

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Lazy Afternoon

In years past, Earl and I would often spend Saturday afternoon sharing some trivial activity.  Like going to the grocery store together.  Or getting a hot dog. Or visiting an antique shop.

I don’t know what happened to that

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Baseball in October

Last night, I watched the first game of many in the race for this year’s World Series. Not only are the Chicago Cubs in contention, but the team has a fighting chance to win its first World Series in over

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9/11

I’m doing my best to avoid television reruns of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center buildings.  I don’t want to watch the films another time as they’re already seared in my consciousness.  I understand that this is a

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Staying Connected

Today I took the local commuter train to Chicago to have lunch with the professor who was my advisor when I was working on my Master’s thesis.  I graduated from Lake Forest College’s M/LS program almost twenty years ago, so

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Staring at Me

There is a shelf in my office above the external monitors where I keep mementos, and I was studying them today.  The small statue of Brahms was a gift from my piano teacher when I finally mastered the dotted quarter

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Marathon Musings

I’ve never been to Duluth, MN, and might never have come now except for my son Kevin’s plans to participate in Grandma’s Marathon tomorrow. It’s the fortieth anniversary running of this event; and it’s being acknowledged in a big way.

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Memory Riff

Waylon and Johnny are dead. Kris is still into music but has a form of dementia as he approaches eighty. And Willie . . . is just Willie. At eighty-three, he’s still on the road making music with his friends.

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