Proving Mia wrong

Her 95th birthday party was supposed to be tomorrow. We had been planning it for months. My grandmother’s major desire was that we all be there. That’s why the party was to be 10 days after her actual birthday – because that was the first time everyone could be there. And it totally sucks that she’s…

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The strength of family, the strength of a Marine

I met Gray when he was 16, so it’s a little hard to believe Colleen’s little brother (now my brother-in-law) is old enough to defend our country. Apparently the Marine Corps doesn’t find it hard to believe because they’ve found a spot for him in Iraq for the next 6 months. This will be his…

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On bras and misunderstandings

Let me start by telling you my 2-year-old niece, Mia, was named after my 92-year-old grandmother, Mia. To clarify, some people call them Little Mia and Great Mia, respectively, but oftentimes I just call them each “Mia.” Up to the listener to figure out who’s who, I suppose. So I was at my brother’s house the…

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Blue cheese, the Yankees and road trips

About 30 years ago my dad bawled like a baby when he held me for the first time. Has he told me this? No, but I know it must be certain. My mom had to undergo a C-section with me because I would have been breech. I was a month early, and apparently I decided…

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A potluck Thanksgiving

For the first time ever, there were no family gatherings to attend to this Thanksgiving. Seems all of our family members were with in-laws or unable to get to this part of the country except for Colleen, who has to work tomorrow so she couldn’t travel to where the rest of her family was. The 3 of us decided…

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One of the nicest brides I ever met

A memory It is 2004, my first trip to Vegas and I will finally get to meet Jeff’s sole cousin, Ryan (I have a couple dozen cousins, so this one-cousinthing is a surprise to me.) Ryan and Robin are getting married one week before Christmas, and Jeff and I are full of excitement: A wedding, reuniting with…

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Are friends your family or are family your friends?

It’s so amazing how busy our lives can get the older we get. Remember college days where all we had to do was hang out with each other, maybe do a little studying (I know, laugh with me), and maybe a part-time job? We weren’t scattered all over the country (or even all over the…

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Getting drunk after Grandma’s funeral and other life lessons

Lessons I have learned in my lifetime (thus far): – Sometimes “bite me” is the best response. – If you don’t have anything nice to say, sometimes that’s the best time to talk. – Kisses are not contracts and presents are not promises (read that in a poem in high school; it stuck.) – What…

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Don’t hike tall mountains with the wrong gear

So my brother Kevin invited a bunch of us to go hiking over Easter weekend (he had Good Friday off of work, so a good time to go.) I have not been on an overnight, not-car-camping hike since I was 12 and was going to Trailblazer Camp at Bethelwoods  (I’m certain my dear friend Jenny…

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