Tag Archives: Personal

Memories

There are two little events from my life that have been on my mind lately. I don’t know why, after all these years, these memories have bubbled to the surface, but here they are, so I may as well share them. (Boy that was a lot of commas. Four commas in a single sentence is …

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Mom and Martha Graham

One of the silly games I used to play with my mother was pretending to know celebrities we didn’t. She’d say “I saw in the paper that Prince William is getting married,” and I’d respond “Really? I had him ’round for tea the other day and he didn’t mention it.” That sort of thing. So …

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Who Was That Masked Man? And What Did He Say?

One thing I’ve learned about myself in the Age of Corona is how dependent I am on seeing people’s faces to communicate. It’s very difficult for me to understand speech without the visual component.  Masks effectively mute people. I’ve never liked speaking on the telephone, and always blamed the phones. I thought the connection was …

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Instant

“I am incredibly passionate about my life, I am absolutely unable to hide any emotion. If I wrote a book, I’d have to call it ‘P is for Passion.’ I don’t go in for anything halfway. My feelings about things are instant, on the spot. And my heart is always, always on my sleeve.”  ~Kate …

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Tints of Celestial Beauty

“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.”  ~Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary …

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Past and Present

I live in East Texas.  My father lives three miles away. To get to his house from my house I turn left on Robert E Lee Drive, left on Jefferson Davis Drive, continue past Jeb Stuart Circle, and take a right on Shiloh; a Confederate general, a Confederate politician, another Confederate general, and a Civil …

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Catnip Tea

Catnip tea has a beautiful golden color and enticing taste and aroma, but what I like best about it is that by the time my cup is empty I am surrounded by cats.

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The Texas Police

I lived for several years in a multicultural neighborhood in Plano, just north of Dallas, east of I-75. At that time I’d estimate that it was about half Latino, a quarter Black, and a quarter White. One of the scariest moments of my life happened while I lived there. I had left early in the …

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Similarities

Ways that my wife is like my mother, that I didn’t realize before we married: If we are at opposite ends of the house, she starts hollering and assumes I can understand her.  I can not. Sometimes she talks in a normal tone of voice assuming I am in the same room as her, when …

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Washing my Hands

I stopped reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to protest the Vietnam War.  I was ten, and in the fifth grade. This was extremely upsetting to my home room teacher, poor Mrs. Ashmun.  It’s the only time I’ve ever seen someone actually quake with rage.  She was so upset she was unable to speak, and her …

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Mask

I took my Dad to the doctor today. We were greeted at the door by a nurse who took our temperature, asked us about a certain symptoms, then showed us where to sit.  We had our own masks, but they had paper masks there for the people without. While my Dad was back with the …

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Half-Mast

Brimfield, Ohio, is a very small town.  It was where my father was born, and where I was born.  It has pretty much been swallowed up by the larger communities that surround it, but when my father was a young man it was just a few hundred farmers and their families. Nevertheless, he knew two …

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