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They are the flowers that come back year after year, the ones that always bloom. The rose might be the most faithful floral of all. We have been best friends for over 30 years. We met through work, followed our … Continue reading

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Longwood Revisited

Yesterday was a sad anniversary. It was the day my mother died, April 30. I felt like driving. And I did, for hours. I knew where I’d end up, at my hometown, at her gravesite. It has been 36 years, … Continue reading

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The best soup recipe I’ve ever had came from a man who was dying. Paul was a brilliant engineer in his early 30’s, with a lovely wife and 2 young sons. An attractive and personable man, he was gray the … Continue reading

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It happened to me, exactly 3 years ago this week. After a series of tests, the radiologist said those few words that would change my life for the next 18 months. “You need a biopsy.” I wrote about it before, … Continue reading

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One Last Move

“Kansas ? Really ?” He was five years from retirement. “It’s the last move, Ellen, we really have no choice.” Mark was right. There were bills to pay, he loved his work, Florida could wait. Stress, depression, illness did not … Continue reading

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The Gathering

She had been given 2 months to live. They discovered a grapefruit-sized tumor on her bladder, inoperable. Two years later, after multiple sessions of chemo and radiation, and a few experimental drug therapies, she was still with us. My mother, … Continue reading

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Full Color to Sepia to Black /White. A Year in a Photo Album

It’s interesting to me how much family history and mood can be reflected in a simple photo. A picture really is “worth a thousand words”. Never was this more evident for me than 1978. It was a year of mental … Continue reading

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