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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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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
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There is a new piece over at The Bitter Southerner, On Flannery O'Connor and Race: A Response to Paul Elie, and it sparked these thoughts in me when I read it. Flannery O'Connor was a product of her time and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was blessed to have a wise and very present father, who led by example. He never shirked responsibility, and he didn't stick to the sidelines. My dad was a hands-on father at a time when most daddies were not.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I am tempted to stop watching the nightly network news because so much of it makes me really upset. This country has never been more divided than it is right now. Everyone I know is angry and upset about what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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My great uncle Doyle Butler was murdered in cold blood in 1931. There were many witnesses. There was no question who the murderer was, a Greek immigrant named George Goumas.Goumas was convicted of the murder and served 14 years in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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About 10 or 15 years ago I was working for a young attorney and he had me writing blogs for him. It was interesting. I had to do a lot of research to find what I thought were interesting topics... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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In recent years I have altered my blog a bit, focusing more on general topics and less on my family, since my kids are now grown and gone. This is not merely a "mommy blog" but an ongoing way for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I walk my dog almost every day around my quiet suburban neighborhood and sometimes I see things that make me wonder what the hell is wrong with people. I saw a masked lady walk up to one of my neighbors... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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When I became a first-time mom at age 41, to a 13 year old, it was a huge challenge to go from 20 years as a singleton to being a mom to a child who spoke no English. I tried... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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A lot of us have time now to do things we normally don't have time to do, like clean out the closet or organize the garage, or make some meals and put them in the freezer. Fun? Maybe. Here's another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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Since everyone is cocooning at home at the moment and many of us [not me, I work from home] are getting bored to death, I have been seeing a lot of Facebook prompts about "getting to know you" types of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was blessed to have two parents that liked talking to me and my brother when we were kids, and who told us vivid stories about their childhoods and the years before my brother and I joined the family. Mom... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
When I was in college I took a class and read a book in that class that changed me forever. The book? Hard Times, by Studs Terkel. The book was basically a collection of interviews with people who had lived... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I keep reading predictions about what's going to happen, but I read them with a Big Grain of Salt. Like, the size of Plymouth Rock. Call me cynical. I am going to throw out a few predictions, though. I don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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Are you stuck at home, wondering what on earth to do with yourself? Tired of watching the news channels, with their predictions of gloom and doom? Here are some things to do while you're on your self-quarantine, or as I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
Two weeks ago I was aware of the Corona Virus but I was much more focused on the fact that I was sick [sinus/ear infection] and my mother was hospitalized with the flu and a UTI. Mom nearly died when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles