Posts Categorized: Family

The Trip – Part 1

Tomorrow, I will be driving my Dad, my two nieces and their shared girlfriend down to the Keys for some fishing and snorkeling.  This promises to be a memorable trip, if but for the passengers along for the ride. Dad, as befits an active octogenarian, has definite opinions about how people should be driving, acting… Read more »

Father’s Day, part 2 – Dad

Dad. A lot of life, memories and stories invested in that word.  Not all of it was positive, for sure.  My endless attempts to meet up to his lofty expectations led to developing a perfectionist complex that’s taken decades for me to (mostly) unwind.  And his occasional dips into worry over my ability to choose… Read more »

Father’s Day, part 1 – Grandpa

I was going to begin this post with a digression about how I dedicated an entire week of my blog to Moms but only two days to Dads, but then I realized trying to capture my Grandpa in a single post was going to be long enough, so I leave the digression up to any… Read more »

Yawning? No, no, it’s a…um…stretching exercise

Boy, I had a great idea yesterday for today’s blog and didn’t write it down because I knew I wouldn’t have any problem remembering it this morning; it was that good an idea.  Sh’yeah, right. By the way, those people who like to say “well, it couldn’t have been that important if you can’t remember”… Read more »

Never short cake thanks to always shortcake

It’s birthday week here on the JMD blog, which gives me ample opportunity for totally self-indulgent strolls down memory lane on my favorite birthday memories. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big cake eater and that when I do partake of cake, it has to be butter cream topping and a white or yellow… Read more »

All I need is the air that I breathe

Mom week continues… Moving a little further along the timeline, when I was still in my tweener years, Mom used to take me with her on various trips to stores or other locations. Some of these were fun, like the Italian bakery (where she would get, oddly enough, French pastries).  Some were not as much… Read more »

A picklish situation

Mom week continues… Once or twice before I’ve mentioned my long-standing reluctance with having my picture taken (along with a natural lack of interest in owning a camera).  I can’t say for sure if the following event started it, but it’s possible. Shortly after Dad got remarried, Mom also entered into a new set of… Read more »

“Don’t make fun of your Grandma!”

Mom week continues, with a tip of the memory to the previous generation. Before I get into telling tales of Mom, no tribute would be complete without some thoughts and smiles about Grandma. After my parents divorced, visitation with Dad’s side of the family was every other weekend.  Always at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  It… Read more »

Moms

This week ends with Mother’s Day, so I think it’s an appropriate time to dedicate this week’s posts to stories about Moms. My parents divorced when I was very little and my Dad remarried shortly after that, giving me two Moms for most of my life.  As was customary in those days, my sister and… Read more »

Considering celebrity

One of the staples of these large conventions is the bringing in of guests.  These range from the relatively obscure to the wildly popular.  The basic law of economics operates efficiently in these situations:  The most in demand “stars” charge high prices for either photo ops or autographs; the most in demand artists charge high… Read more »