Category: My Story

Thanksgiving 1950

Thanksgiving 1950 – forever. What child has not had a phone shoved into their face, with a mom saying “look who wants to speak with you??”. You roll your eyeballs at your mother, and, upon accepting the phone – MOST reluctantly – you are immediately connected to a relative, male or female, that is most …

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Surprise Fourth Of July

The day dawned, so beautiful it almost choked me up looking out the window as the sun rose. A perfect day from Papa. I just lay there, the breeze shuffling the sheets, the birds singing. A perfect day… I’d checked with my kids to see if anything was on the docket for the 4th. I …

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Remembering Cousin Jay

My dear cousin, Jay Mathews, passed away Sunday morning after a tortuous 3 year battle with cancer. I – and his family & friends – are devastated. He gave without asking, told the same corny jokes as my Dad, and was enthusiastic about life. He grew up on the AuSable River, as all my cousins …

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Today is a bad day. Tomorrow will be good

I will never understand how the brain works. Or, in my case doesn’t. I still have the intelligence to know how things should be. But I have no control over how to perform the actions to make life normal.. Yesterday was a ‘good day’. What does that mean to someone with FTD? I had no …

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Late Night and Parish Life

It’s 1:39a. I’m playing games on both my PC and my iPad. Tomorrow I am hoping (praying) that I can attend our parish healing Mass. I can’t sleep. I’ve had 3 sessions of dystonia (seizure-like, muscle spasms), and everything points to my past of being unable to go outside my home. So, I take the …

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