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If my father's great love was words, it is no stretch to say my mother's was (will I ever be comfortable with using the past tense to talk about my parents?!) music. Between the almost constant soundtrack of "Oldies But Goodies," crappy Christian pop, coritos (praise songs), and her tendency... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Pretty good for a first draft
One of my favorite mental images of my parents is of them dancing. My dad had typical "white guy rhythm"...he kept the beat like a metronome, but he kept it simple. Side to side, side to side, arms pumping up and down in mirror images of each other. My mom... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Pretty good for a first draft
One of the last times I was around my father in anything that resembled full health was Easter weekend, 2012. I had driven down from LA to spend time with him, because I knew time with him was short...but also because I knew how much Easter meant to him. He... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Pretty good for a first draft
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When I was a kid, I procrastinated a lot (okay, I still procrastinate...I just haven't gotten around to admitting it), particularly when it came to homework. Procrastination was especially easy when it came to writing assignments. As a "smart kid", I quickly found I could bang out an essay in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Pretty good for a first draft
also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will. -- Ephesians 1:11 Soon after my father's diagnosis, I had the opportunity to have dinner with my Uncle Keith, my dad's brother. Towards the end of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
In one of my last conversations with him, my father and I talked about heaven. "What do you think it'll be like?" I asked. "I don't know...I hope there's something to do, though. I just don't want to be bored." I'd never really thought about it, but it made sense:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
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It has now become clear that my dad's last post was, in fact, his last. Though he has shown occasional signs of lucidity (a smile, a squeeze of the hand, and even the occasional word or two), since Monday he has been, for all intents and purposes, asleep. There will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
***note: Over the past few days, my father's mental and physical health has steadily deteriorated. He has good moments, but they are sometimes few and far between...and when they come, he is making the most of his time with his family and his garden. While we all hope and pray... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
One month has past. People have been very lovely – remarkable, really – and things have gone very rapidly, and yet… I still once in a while get some time on my hands (two a.m.) and I realize what a contrarian I have been. It seems many people don’t realize... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
We unflatteringly refer to someone as being a few sandwiches short of a picnic or a couple of barrels short of a load, etc. When people have suggested I should write our stories from the United Farm Worker, I have always realized that I was a few chapters short of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
Here is a wonderful part of Kimberly’s letter to me: Writing to you about this now makes me wonder, however, why you're sick now and why it's so severe. I don't know why, but God always has a greater plan, a greater reason for everything, so if you overcome this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
I have received a wonderful flood of letters these past few days, and some of the most meaningful have been from people that I would not have thought were watching me so closely (so to speak). Truly it is thought-provoking as I reflect that had I not sent out my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
It occurred to me several weeks ago to start a blog, long before I was told that I was dying. (Coincidence? You be the judge.) Even now, it is not my intention that this be about dying, but in all honesty, it is going to be much on my mind,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at Pretty good for a first draft
Good writing, when it is really good, reflects good thinking. No other way. Unfortunately, good thinking is not as reassuring as the other kinds. Thank you for sharing your blog, and for challenging me to think well. KT
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