Posts Categorized: Family

Getting beat up by a dead dolphin

Yes, even by the standards of this blog, that’s a strange headline. But, it’s not metaphorical or allegorical or any other “ical” type of thing. It’s totally on point. It’s a short tale to see how I’m getting beat up by a dead dolphin. The primary driver for this story is a dolphin. But the… Read more »

The danger of listening to only one side

Boy, this happens to me a lot. Really, all too often. Mostly, since my niecelings were born. There is constant griping about their Mom. It sounds horrible. My sister is such an ogre. Then she calls me and tells me her side of the story. That is why I am well aware of the danger… Read more »

And now for something completely the same

And, that’s done it. As of this past Sunday, both niecelings are officially diploma holders. One with a degree in Criminal Justice and the other in Biology. Introducing their next act: “And now for something completely the same.” (apologies to the great and beloved Monty Python’s Flying Circus) My elder nieceling is three years older… Read more »

Reading is hard

So, I spent most of yesterday in the hospital. Dad was experiencing heart pains and my Stepmom made him go to the hospital. Stubborn as he is, he demanded to drive himself. More on that later. Bottom line, though, what later ensued proves that reading is hard. As is often the case with my Dad,… Read more »

Just the one Dad is enough

Yup, it’s Father’s Day weekend. I haven’t done a Father’s Day post in a while, so it’s high time. This year, like every one I’ve been on this earth, I am blessed to have my Dad with me. And, as I’ve often recounted and will do so again, just the one Dad is enough. Regular… Read more »

Better the second time around

My elder nieceling came over for a brief visit before we popped over to the parentals for lunch together. These mini-visits are usually rambling talks about life and the future. Sometimes work, other times relationships and still others about school. Here we found ourselves and what led me to tell her that it is sometimes… Read more »

A surprisingly pleasant Mother’s Day

Families. Some families are all about love. And some are filled with aggravation. More likely, if yours is like mine, they are filled with both. And, what better time to show both sides than at family get-togethers. But, I got a shock this year. Because I had a surprisingly pleasant Mother’s Day. Generally, our holiday… Read more »

Admitting it’s time to retire

Most people don’t end up in situations like me. I was fired during the financial crisis, found no one wanted to hire me, rolled the dice on the stock market and ended up retired. That’s what we call “retrospectively lucky”. Still, even now, I find it hard admitting it’s time to retire. In this case,… Read more »