Tag Archives: family

Good-Bye, Sweet Boomer

Originally posted on Kit Troyer Blog:
I woke up around 4:30am today to the sight of an owl swooping into the branches above me and taking away a rat, which protested loudly as it departed from the branches and from…

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My First Big Fork in the Road

My Real Memoir Have you ever wondered who you’d be if at some point you’d taken a different fork in the road? Pursued a different career. Married a different person. Chosen not to pet that baby alligator. My first big … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Beloved Family Member

Minuet – recent photo by our daughter Beth Does the fact that she was a cat make this post seem less sincere? It’s not. Anyone who’s adopted an animal knows that pets are family members–and family means loving unconditionally. Minuet … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffins and the End of Everything

Originally posted on It is all Connected:
My three youngest daughters were all up early today. They were spread out in the living room. One reading, one drawing, and one on the iPad. “What muffins today?” they asked. We have…

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Family Is…

When I was a young man, I rented a room from a therapist whose family had rejected him. So he’d learned to create families. He’d match up patients with no “real” family: orphaned, disowned, unable to reconcile, young, old. Not … Continue reading

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RIP, Old Christmas Tree

Our old Christmas tree came in a box. It was made in China from plastic and steel by people who may or may not have known what Christmas was. It was shiny and new–with 600 pre-lit lights! But it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Taking the Bait

Like most of you, I am often besieged while browsing the web by those click-bait article titles that I know are misleading, yet I can’t help clicking. You know, you’re minding your own business, trying to figure out exactly what…

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A Tribute to My Father

Photo: Train from Sarajevo to Mostar (prg2sg.wordpress.com) It’s hard for me to believe he was born 93 years ago this month. But it’s even harder for me to believe that I’ve outlived my father by 25 years; I could end … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story Remix

Guest Blog by Tracy K. Ard Don’t be fooled by the adorable faces of Tracy’s three children (below). Life with them, according to Dad, is a mixture of A Christmas Story and Dave Barry’s worst (or best) nightmare. If you’ve … Continue reading

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How to Host a (Virtual) Watch-and-Laugh Halloween Party

It’s a pandemic Halloween. Probably not the best year for a live Halloween party. And trick-or-treating is pretty iffy, too. So what to do? Amazon to the rescue! They’ve put together everything you need for a Virtual Watch-and-Laugh Halloween Party … Continue reading

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