Category Archives: death

Aunt Ouilda

The only person between me and the top of the mountain is my 92 year old Aunt Ouilda,  from the Georgia branch of our family tree, four hours to the north. I’m the oldest remaining “kid” in the next generation. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #5

Here’s the fifth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. This one is An Unreasonable Woman, by Diane Wilson, a Texas gulf coast shrimp boat captain and mother of five who took on a powerful chemical company when she found … Continue reading

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Sunday Visit

She’s already seated when I get there, and dinner underway. I take my place at the table and the aide brings my plate. The dining room is quiet today. Her table mates are into their meals. No chit chat. No … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #3

The third excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is from Beryl Markham’s The Splendid Outcast. Markham was a British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author. She was the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic from … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #1

I’ve read a lot of books over my lifetime, and some of the writing has touched me so deeply with its beauty or humor or originality that I’ve put together a collection of my favorite excerpts. I’ve decided to post … Continue reading

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A Peace Offering

I’m cleaning out drawers.  There’s this one bedroom drawer that serves as an historical archive of my entire life!  It’s got some old diaries, baby teeth, whole pony tails of my bright red hair donated by my mom. How can … Continue reading

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

It’s Good Friday. I used to be Catholic, but no longer. Yet Holy Week still feels sacred to me and on Good Friday I like to do the Stations of the Cross in the big overgrown garden behind the rectory … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Tattoos on the Heart”

A kid walks into the office of Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, in the heart of LA’s gang district. He’s fresh from prison. Tattooed from ear to ear with his forehead emblazoned with, “F**k the World,” he leans … Continue reading

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A Christmas Ornament

It’s December 1993. My dad’s in the hospital. His cancer’s returned. It’s not looking good for him. I’m at home decorating my Christmas tree. I placed all the ornaments on the branches just so, each one reminding me of something … Continue reading

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Evening Stroll

I heard thunder rumble. Far away. The sun was shining. Very bright for 7:30 in the evening. Almost like midday. But not as hot. Today was a scorcher. July in central Florida can be one hot, muggy hell. But it … Continue reading

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