Posts Categorized: Family

Is it okay to feel good when bad news turns less bad?

Recent family events have kept a damper over what should be a euphoric time.  Maintaining perspective within the scope of “we don’t have all the answers yet” is always a challenge, but I do like to believe the best possible results will happen to me and mine, so I’ve done my part in staying upbeat…. Read more »

The shirt off my Dad’s back

(I guess I should call this “Size Matters Week”, considering the trend so far) Okay, sure, my Dad isn’t that old. Each time I visit with Dad, he attempts to give me some clothes to take home.  This is mostly a factor of his wife constantly asking him to get rid of his older clothes.  Why… Read more »

Good thing we didn’t find E.T.

It’s closing time for “Family Week”.  Today’s final post relates to my family’s unique challenges with phones. We can start with me, a staunch resister of cellular phones for as long as possible and then even longer.  One was forced on me during my last few years at work (I can’t honestly say it contributed… Read more »

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 »