Posts Categorized: Family

That’s easy!

Stop! Click the picture with great speed, ere the rest of this post you read! Welcome back to “Family Week”.  Today is my younger niece’s birthday and now both nieces have reached the age where they are “easy” on their big days. With both now in college, I no longer have to hunt down cute cards with… Read more »

A bitter pill to swallow

It’s day 2 of “Family Week”, so let’s get to it! My Stepmom is back home attempting her recovery, with Dad doing the caretaking that comes naturally after nearly 50 years of marriage. That means that I am dutifully running around doing the things that dutiful sons do, case in point, picking up prescriptions from… Read more »

Where there’s a will there’s a way uncomfortable conversation

It’s Tuesday already, but we’re still going to call this “Family Week” on the JMD blog, a smorgasbord of posts related to and about family.  You’ll either find new insights about me, nod your head knowingly or count the days until next week.  In any case, it still beats cleaning the kitty litter box. This… Read more »

What makes a good Father’s Day?

I was out with some close friends yesterday for Father’s Day and it got me to thinking about what makes for a good Father’s Day. For a long time, my Dad has been “unavailable” for Father’s Day.  He and my Stepmom have had a regular get-together with close friends for many years (possibly decades).  So… Read more »

Death is but a word; we are all immortal

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned I had just heard about my favorite author’s death.  I’m so thankful he’s not gone. On bookcases in the very room I type this are more than two dozen of his books which I have read, some of which I will read again.  Through his craft and my enjoyment, Jack… Read more »

Moms, moms everywhere…

…and a card for every one. I am surrounded by plenty of Moms.  As all of you are, too.  My Stepmom is all that remains of the family group, but there is my sister (Mom of 2) and plenty of good friends (Moms of many). I have known some of them all my life and… Read more »

Great expectations

My niece called me today to warn me.  She and her sister had gone to see the early premiere of Iron Man 3.  These used to be at midnight, but this was at 9:30 p.m.  — doesn’t that lose part of the coolness? Regular readers will immediately twig on the fact that this must be my elder niece,… Read more »

3D or no 3D…that is the headache

<Humble apologies to the Bard, for mangled paraphrasing> Tuesday is usually “Niece Day”, where my older niece visits and we spend the day hanging out.  That’s routinely some activity (tennis or walking), some lunch and a movie (theater or my 60″ flat screen). We didn’t get to see Oblivion, as originally planned so she chose… Read more »

What’s so terrible about the two’s?

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with my friend and her 2-year old at the Renaissance Festival this past weekend.  It was a blowy day, but cool without crossing over to cold. The young lad had this most cool “leash” on him (the monkey you see on his back).  It was plush and… Read more »

Bear with me

A few days ago, my publisher asked me for a few “fun facts” about myself for their social media campaign.  They wanted unique or amusing items that could be easily tweeted (which requires a brevity I find so challenging, I don’t even have a Twitter account). I offered up a few one-liners to them and… Read more »