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Dee Thompson
Atlanta
I love to write, cook, and laugh.
Interests: adoption, watching hgtv and the food channel whenever possible, cooking, movies, reading, writing, all things russian, exploring psychic phenomenon, making my friends laugh
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Every once in a while I will be having a really bad day and something will happen that will give me hope. Sometimes it's a big thing, sometimes a small one. My son was telling me he feels like he... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Crab Chronicles
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My mother had incredible wit and she was a wonderful storyteller. I am compiling some of her stories into a book I hope to publish perhaps this summer. As I am going through and reading and editing her blogs I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at The Crab Chronicles
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Exactly 8 months ago I lost my beautiful mom to covid and kidney failure. It hit me hard, and I am still feeling the aftereffects. I am not crying as much, though. I am adjusting to life without her. Some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at The Crab Chronicles
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The first time one does or sees or experiences something can be quite memorable. I thought it would be fun to recall some of my memorable "firsts" when I was a child. I have a vague memory of moving from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at The Crab Chronicles
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My son said to me the other day "I think I am going to have to sit down and make a budget." I nearly fainted. I have said that exact phrase to him many times -- "Sit down and make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was thinking today that one of the commandments you don't hear a lot about is the one to honor your parents. What does that mean, exactly? I think it means we are supposed to live our lives the way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at The Crab Chronicles
The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece about a Massachusetts school that has banned Homer's The Odyssey, because it contains non-PC ideas. Under #DisruptTexts critical-theory ideologues, schoolteachers and Twitter agitators are purging and propagandizing against classic texts—everything from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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This is a blog my mother wrote a few years ago about her childhood Christmases. Mom was born in 1934. My grandmother's family, the Butlers, were a big part of those Christmases. There were a dozen Butler children born between... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My mother was small (born the last part of December 1933) when Pearl Harbor happened on December 7, 1941, but she had clear memories of living through the war years later when she started blogging. I've put her recollections below.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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Sorry about the lack of blogs recently. Life has been really quiet and routine lately, with me staying close to home and not socializing at all, due to Covid. I am fine with a quiet life, but it can get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My mom passed away almost exactly five months ago, on June 28, 2020. I miss her every day, but as I bustled around the kitchen this morning making pecan pie and trying to get everything straight and the table set,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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In the summer of 2019 I started my third novel, working title The Scarlet Tribe. Terrible title, I know. I had to call it something. I quickly began to realize my ambitions for this book were entirely different than those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My dad carried a handkerchief. I never once saw him use a Kleenex, ever. Many years after he died my mom explained it. She said he carried two handkerchiefs everywhere. One was for himself to use. The other was always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was looking at the photo below, of my beautiful mother, and I thought it would be fun to compare our photos. Then I thought it would be fun to drop in photos of Dad and his mother. All of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was telling a fellow paralegal recently about a bizarre episode that happened to me many years ago in Knoxville, and it occurred to me that if you’ve lived more than half of your life as a card-carrying grownup, you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My mother loved to tell stories about her maternal grandmother, "Granny" Butler. Some of her stories are below. Elva: My grandmother’s name was Beulah Viola Phillips [1870-1948]. She was the daughter of Christopher Columbus ["CC"} Phillips and Nannie Putnam Phillips.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I joined a Facebook group for paralegals recently and there are a lot of discussions on there about what makes a paralegal effective at his/her job. After 35 years in the profession, obviously I have a lot of thoughts about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I just had to explain to the young man shopping for my groceries on Instacart what a scone is. "It's a cross between a biscuit and a cookie. Look in the bakery section." I wracked my brain trying to remember... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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When I was an elementary school-aged kid I always felt very aggrieved when it came to toys. My brother got cool toys from Santa, like footballs and Hot Wheels cars. I got dresses to wear to church, collectible dolls I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I counted it up and I have moved fifteen times in my life. I lived in five different houses when I was growing up, in two different states. My father was not in the military, nor was he in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
A colleague of mine told me today she was a huge Elvis fan and saw him in person in the early 1950's at the Paramount Theater here in Atlanta. I love stories like that. I have a friend who is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My life has turned a major corner this summer, and it happened so fast that it has left me reeling. Mom went into the hospital June 24 and died the 28th, quite unexpectedly, so I have had a lot to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I realized a few minutes ago that I owed a neighbor/friend an explanation of what has been going on with me. He isn't plugged into the ladies gossip network. However, he lost his father last year, so he knows this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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A lot of children's books feature main characters who are orphans. David Copperfield, Heidi, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan -- just to name a few. Harry Potter is the most recent example. A lot of the books center around Harry's parents'... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My mother always said "If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Laughing's better." She did a lot of laughing during her 86 years. Elva Hasty Thompson was born in Marietta, Georgia in 1933, and she left us today. While it makes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles