Category Archives: Memoir

The Death of a Friend

Image by Yuri_B My Real Memoir It was a forced friendship. True, Craig was an only child like me, but that was the only thing we had in common. I wasn’t averse to taking risks, but Craig was the most … Continue reading

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The Most Memorable Year of My Life

My Real Memoir Not until my wedding, 21 years later, did I have another year that was so packed with personal memories. I’d fallen in love with music just as the Beatles and ensuing British Invasion hit, and started learning … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago Today

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” ~Ruth Bell Graham Have you talked to your co-forgiver lately?  40 years ago today I met the woman I would marry.* Of course, I had no idea at the time. … Continue reading

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I Forgive You for Not Being Perfect, Dad

My Real Memoir Mark Twain famously said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much … Continue reading

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My Surreal Moment with Mr. Reagan

You can visit Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland by dodging the trolley, forgoing Goofy’s autograph, and hanging a hard right. As the curtains draw back, Mr. Lincoln rises painfully (you would too if your feet were bolted to … Continue reading

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The Day the Magic Died

My Real Memoir One of my earliest movie memories is of The Wizard of Oz, which if you’re like me you’ve probably seen too many times to count. As a kid I’d prayed for a tornado, an admittedly rare event in … Continue reading

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The Lost Girl

She was the callow Catholic school senior who cried the night her boyfriend French-kissed her, fearing she’d become pregnant. Five months later, now a bracingly pretty college freshman, she was wooed and plundered by her theatre professor. It was give … Continue reading

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The Mother of All Calamities

My Real Memoir For our last big event before we officially started our freshman year of high school, BFF Jeff and I took a YMCA Caravan trip, with a dozen barely-teen boys and two barely-adult leaders. The previous summer’s Caravan … Continue reading

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Don’t Look for Christmas

The percentage of people, who celebrate Christmas only on December the 25th is probably pretty small. Why? Well, apart from watching Hallmark Christmas movies starting in June, it’s because they celebrate it when they can. My wife and I flew … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Anniversary of the End of the World!

Well, this is a holiday celebrated by no one. And yet, it seems at least worth mentioning that on this date ten years ago a series of cataclysmic events destroyed our planet. Or not. It all began with the end … Continue reading

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