A Long December

Today would have been my dad’s 77th birthday. He died two weeks after his 60th. It used to be, growing up, Bill’s birthday, then a week later my dad’s birthday, then a week later, Christmas, then a week later, New Year’s. Constant celebration. Now it’s always just me trying to …

The Practicality of Preparing

The last few months, I’ve been helping my aunt and uncle decide what to do with their manuscripts, correspondence, papers, and library. They’re not planning on leaving the party any time soon, mind you! But it’s good to have a plan, so we’re planning. They do not have any children, …

Ghost

I love a good ghost story, especially haunted houses. But do I believe in ghosts? Hmm. Well, I’d have to believe in an afterlife in order to believe in ghosts, and since nobody has ever sent me a postcard from the afterlife, well… Well. So, what then? What are hauntings? …

Hello, evening

A lot of my evenings since the birthday party have looked like this. Pajamas, knitting, a little drinkie, and (until I ate them all) a cupcake. Mmmmmm. I should have cupcakes in the house all the time — they’re like tasty little love bombs. Mmmmm. Deliciousness. One thing that’s been …

Dad’s old train set

Dusty, and could use some touching up, but still just as loved (by me) as when my dad opened it for Christmas some time in the early 1940s. I also still have the track for it, and most of the buildings. Last time I hooked it up, it even still …

Sunday, December 18th

Yesterday would have been my daddy’s 70th birthday. I think he would have been both horrified and tickled at turning The Big Seven-Zero. Birthdays that ended in zeros always freaked him out a little. They made him feel older than his age – certainly older than he acted – and …

A Long December

Today would have been my father’s 68th birthday. Has it been almost seven years? It feels like forever; it feels like yesterday. Here’s a song I listened to a lot when he was sick – A long December and there’s reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than …