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Reactor

Reactor

Friday would have been my mother's 90th birthday, so I scheduled a dinner with her best friend and her daughters to celebrate her memory. We dined on fabulous food, swapped stories about my mother and laughed. It was good for my soul. We left with full stomachs and...

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Bag of Tricks

Bag of Tricks

I am currently residing in a lovely place called limbo. The process of settling my mother's estate would be so much quicker if we didn't have to follow the letter of the law. Damn my parents for teaching us right from wrong. Anyway, our court date to get the ball...

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And So It Continues

And So It Continues

Yesterday, Brian and I went to see a close family friend who has been a warrior fighting cancer. Hospice had been called in, and I felt a sense of deja vu. He was talkative. Our conversation wasn't profound or emotional, but a simple, mundane chat that old friends...

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How Are You?

How Are You?

It is standard practice to ask people how they are as part of a social interaction. It's fascinating to me how profound that question is when you are walking through grief. When each day presents a new wave of emotions, my answers vary, but I am transparent. I don't...

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For Your Information

Cleaning out my childhood home has been interesting. Items found have given me a whole new view of my parents. Yesterday, as my youngest perused through their vast album collection he came across one that was titled "For Lovers Only" which I could have gone my whole...

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Not Too Late

Not Too Late

I hear the excuses. People with their "when I finish this, I will start that" or "I don't have time to do such and such". Excuses. Excuses. I am a firm believer that excuses are merely avoiding the potential to fail. What people seem to forget is that by not even...

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And So It Continues

I’m Learning

As we trudge along with the daunting process of settling my mother's estate, I am learning all kinds of things. For example, the seller's disclosure paperwork that is needed when selling a home, inquires if the home has ever been a meth lab. Meth lab, friends. Then it...

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Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Shoe horns. That is what I am finding most when cleaning out my mother's home.....my childhood home. I suppose some go back to my father, but honestly, I am baffled at the amount. It is like they are multiplying as I find them. Maybe my parents wanted to start a shoe...

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My First

My First

No one should ever start their birthday week off burying their mother, yet here we are. I will say I survived my first birthday without her. Maybe it was because we are so busy with the details of settling her estate and I am decently distracted. Or perhaps, I am...

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Yesterday, we buried my mother. I was surrounded by the best people who anticipated my needs before I even know I had them. One of my best friends kept offering water and reminding my to use the restroom especially before the service. If you don't have a friend like...

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