Thank God for Genealogical Hoarders

My mother-in-law, JEAN MARY FETTES CALHOUN, was a woman who loved her family, held on to old photos and letters, and kept contact (by letter) with all sorts of relatives.  321 more words


The Song of Forgetting

One month ago, on January 6th, 2016, my Aunt Marjorie died. She’d lived in a nursing home near me, and died from dementia, among other things. 525 more words




When I was a young child my parents moved to Essex, Connecticut. As my father was now a successful Vice President at Pratt & Whitney, my mother hired a cleaning lady. 2,371 more words

Family Stories

playing make believe

when I was little
you sat down and played with me
in the midst of all the grownup stuff
you stepped away into my world… 118 more words

Book review: The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, by Jack Gantos

Gantos, Jack. The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza. (Joey Pigza series.) Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. $16.99. ISBN 9780374300838. 154 pgs. Ages 10-14. P6Q6

This is the fifth book in the… 123 more words

Book Reviews


that candle he said you should use
countless years ago
showed how unique and precious
he thought you to be

like one blue candle… 40 more words

Palm Desert, CA: The Big Fish

After leaving LA and getting some alone time in the Mojave, I stopped in Coto de Caza and Palm Desert to visit my dad’s good friend Ray, Ray’s ex-wife, and three of his four daughters. 232 more words