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Mar. 3rd, 2013

In Memoriam

Mom was special in so many ways. She was never too busy for us, and was quick to volunteer at our schools, (Teaching us never to exclude others, even if they weren’t the most popular child in the class.) Mom became a Girl Scout leader to make sure that there was a troop for us to join. She even became the arts and crafts counselor to be able to come to Girl Scout camp with us.
Neighborhood kids always knew that they were welcome at our house to play. That welcome continued to USY parties and conventions, cast parties and to college friends in need of a place to spend the holidays.
As I grew up, my girl friends discovered how much they enjoyed conversing with Mom. Sometimes an hour would go by before they remembered that they called to talk to me.
When she and our father started traveling, she’d leave me with a freezer full of home cooked meals and a scavenger hunt that would take me all over the house looking for silly notes and little gifts. Mom even took the time to send postcards and bring back little treasures for a little girl, (The granddaughter of a co-worker of mine), that had befriended me… Pretending that they were from a teddy bear that the child had given me.
She never stopped being a mom or a grandmother; delighting in her grandson and the comments he came up with. And when Max became a father, she was always looking forward to the next photos or visit with his sons.

Jan. 29th, 2012

Roger: In Memorium

Roger was 15 when we first met; Short and skinny, he looked enough like Harlen Ellison’s Mini-me that some people just called him Harlen. It took me a while to realize that his name really was Roger. We were part of a group recruited to put on an original double musical-parody of Star Trek’s Journey to Babel and Fiddler On the Roof. Since the director/author was having trouble finding someone to play Sarek, she threaten to put Roger in a port-a-potty and have him play Sarek from there.
Eventually the director pulled the show from the convention it was created for and invited the cast to spend that weekend at her family’s summer house in Peachbottom, Pennsylvania and spend one of the days at Hershey Park. We accidently locked ourselves out of the house. Looking for a way inside the only opening was the small space between the louvers of the bathroom window. Roger was the smallest and thinnest of the group, so I lifted him up and shoved him between the louvers.
Later that evening 3 of us went for a walk down to the marina. When we got back, Dusty Jones had the bright idea for us to walk under the house and bang on the bottom with heavy sticks. (The house was an A frame on the slope of a hill, partially raised by posts.) What we didn’t know was Roger was sitting near the kitchen door reading Close Encounters by Allen Hynek. He’d just reached the description of the type of area where most encounters take place… A wooded area, in a clearing, near water and near power lines. A description that also fit where we were staying. We walked in to find 2 of the people shivering and hiding under a blanket, and practically needing to peel Roger off of the ceiling.
Flashing forward a few years… The movie Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind came out and Roger went with Dusty and myself to see it. We didn’t discuss it before hand, but when the first encounter took place in the movie Dusty and I reached under Roger’s seat and thumped.
There are more stories to remember… Roger and my attempt to scare his first college room-mate into moving… his happiness at growing the one extra inch he needed to join the Coast Guard and asking me to be one of his personal references, but one of my favorites was when he was working at a garage one summer and we stopped to pick up his paycheck before driving down to Kings Dominion for the day. His boss took one look at the 6 foot 2 woman sitting in Roger’s car and made a crack about Roger going out with the Eiffel Tower. Roger was ready to fight his boss and defend my honor until I made him laugh. I suggested he tell his boss that I was a Psychology student and while I wasn’t qualified to treat him for an inferiority complex, I’d be glad to give him a referral. Roger laughed, and that’s how I prefer to remember him… laughing.

Jul. 8th, 2010

Buskin and Batteau;

I'm looking forward to seeing Buskin and Batteau tonight at Baldwin's Station. I've heard that the show is sold out. This will be my first real outing since my father died and I'm nervous about leaving my mom alone for the evening.

May. 13th, 2010

Goodby and Rest In Peace Dad

My father passed away last night. He was 91 years old, grouchy and anti-social. For the last 40 years he had been in severe pain, from 17 back surgeries from an on the job accident. He also was very much a family man, who hated to go anywhere but work without my mother. They were married almost 61 and 1/2 years.

A complex man, he had a wicked sense of humor and a sometimes whimsical streak. I never knew what I'd find when I got home from work; Picketing stuffed animals in the front hallway or a tribe of rubber crocodiles hanging from the kitchen ceiling.

Little kids and animals almost always knew that he was someone they could trust. If one of my friends visited with a baby, it was struggle for my mother and I to get it away from my father so that we could hold it too. Those few people he choose to befriend were given a great deal of loyalty. While he could be bigoted, he never cared what religion, color or the sexual orientation of my friends. All that was necessary for them to be welcome in our house was that they were my friend.

My father lived long enough to work in radar when even it's mention was top secret. He was a television engineer when tv was brand new. Dad worked for the local CBS affiliate with men who later became well known broadcasters,(Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid). He met presidents and other public personalities; But what was most important to him was family, and most recently that he had the joy of holding his first great grandchild.

Feb. 3rd, 2009

Understanding Deadly Food Allergies - This Post Could Save A Life

Understanding Deadly Food Allergies - This Post Could Save A Life

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Jan. 2nd, 2009

7 facts

A while back Esajudita had been tagged by a friend and had this on her blog. No one tagged me, but at the time I was too depressed to play with it. No one is being tagged, but if anyone else wishes to play, I'm always interested in your answers.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people (if possible) at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
1) I had speech therapy for 9 years due to a lateral lisp. If I'm really exhausted the lisp creeps back out.

2)Even I think more than 600 stuffed animals is excessive.

3)My reading speed has been clocked at more than 2000 words per minute, with 90-100% comprehension.

4)My earliest memory is of when my family was sitting shiva for my maternal grandfather. I was 2 years old.

5)Reading food/cooking blogs are getting to be a private obsession.

6) Among my unfinished writing projects are 1 supernatural mystery, an r rated fantasy, an opera based on the silkie/demon lover folk songs and my children's story. The children's story actually shows signs of being completed sometime.

7) I can't snap my fingers.

Nov. 10th, 2008


This morning I received an e-card from someone who says that that they are a secret admirer. I don't know if this person is for real or not, but as I can't join the website they directed me to without a credit card number, I guess that I won't find out soon. If the person who sent the card reads this... please find another way of contacting me. I've destroyed my credit cards and will not be joining the website you indicated.

Jul. 30th, 2008

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I've been meaning to mention this for quite a while, but my now going on 2 month long migraine has frazzeled my brain... mai_ling sent me a card! It's rare that I receive mail from friends, and it made me smile despite the migraine.

Jun. 30th, 2008

Missing Girls Found.

Reposted from Alric the Mad's LJ page

The girls have been found!!

Thank you all who offer help, prayers, spread the word, came out to help, offered to come and help etc etc etc.

I would thank each and everyone of you personally if I could

Thank you thank you thank you.

I have been overwhelmed with your generosity.

Should there ever be a need, I hope there never is, I will be there.



Jun. 29th, 2008

Update on missing girls

From Alricthemad:

Update on missing girls Jun. 29th, 2008 @ 06:16 am
We have reason to believe they may not have left the DC Metro area.
Last know location was Richmond Highway near Ft Belvior VA.

Anyone who may live in that area please keep watch for these girls.

If seen please call NCMEC @ 1-800-843-5678 or the local police.

Thank you

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