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Sapphire Celebration

While I’m on the subject of brides and grooms and anniversaries, I’m quite proud to point out that it was 45 years ago today that my folks tied the knot. In this day and age, when it seems that couples can’t manage to stay together for an entire television season,...
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Uncle John: 1925-2009

I got a call this morning that one of my uncles had passed away. I’ve been pretty fortunate not to have lost most of the relatives I grew up around. John was 84, and had been in poor health for the last several years. I last saw him about four...
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Enduring Memories

Today was my grandmother’s birthday. She would have been 102 today, had she survived the bout with cancer she lost in 1982. I was twelve when we learned about her illness.  She had kept some rather ominous symptoms to herself for some time, because that generation just didn’t talk about...
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Living, Loving and Paying It Forward

Last week, I mentioned the loss of a dear friend. It was a man who I had come to consider a “second dad.”  After his death, his wife, Linda, a columnist, political writer and novelist, whom I’ve quoted many times in the past, wrote the following column as a tribute...
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Sad News

I received a call I was hoping wouldn’t come for some time on Wednesday afternoon.  It came from my friend Chip, one of those rare friends who is more like family. Chip’s dad, Dennis, had passed away in his sleep early Wednesday morning. Several years ago, Dennis suffered a massive...
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One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, it was “100 Years Ago Today,” a post I wrote about my maternal grandmother, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday. I had arranged to take flowers to her grave in Barnwell County, South Carolina.  It was the first time I had been to her grave...
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Piece of the Past

I spent part of the weekend in Columbia helping my mom on a project. While I was home, I made every effort to do a post, and to approve a few comments. Unfortunately, my parents’ computer, a low-end eMachines model, and a ridiculously slow dial-up connection with AOL made connecting...