Visiting my Father on Mother’s Day

Both of Fran's parents, and my mother, have all passed away. So we visited my father on Mother's Day. That in itself is not too remarkable, as we visit dad almost every Sunday. I told Fran more than once that I appreciated her spending Mother's Day — "her" day — going to a nursing home to visit my father. "I love him," was her simple, and completely typical, response.Dad has had Parkinson's disease for well over a decade now, with a variety of other ailments, from some heart issues to a scare w … [Read more...]

Three Generations of Technological Change

I took this picture this afternoon of Fran and Rhiannon showing off Rhiannon's (well, our, actually) new toy — an iPad — to my father. As we sat together and talked about, and explored, all that the iPad could do, my father began to talk about how when he was younger, television was such an innovative technology. "My next door neighbor had one, and kept telling me I should buy one, as it was the wave of the future," he mused. I asked him how old he was when he saw a TV for the first time. "I was … [Read more...]

The Lion in Winter

My eldest cat, China, is well over 20 years old. She was a rescue kitty — she came to me when I managed the bookstore in Sewanee, and a fraternity boy at the college found her, a stray kitten, and took her to the local vet; the same vet who on the very next day I asked “Do you have any kittens up for adoption?” He brought China out to me, and it was love at first sight. The frat boy, who was a true animal lover, came and talked to me to make sure I would be a good “daddy” for the kitten; I must h … [Read more...]

A Kiss from Mom and a Lesson About Suffering

Early this morning (August 15, 2009) I had a dream in which I was standing outside a building, like an officer’s club on a small military base. It felt like I was in Florida or somewhere else where the winters are mild. There may have been palm trees, but I’m not sure. What I do remember is that I stood outside the building, with tables and chairs all around me, as if this were a place where people can gather and share a meal. Perhaps there were a few others milling about; again, I don’t recall f … [Read more...]

At the Botanical Gardens

Pretty much every Sunday Fran, Rhiannon and I drive to Athens, GA, where my father lives. We take him out to lunch and sometimes do other fun stuff — like today, we visited the Georgia Botanical Gardens, to enjoy the fall foliage, which is just now peaking down here in the south.Here's a snapshot I took of Dad, Fran, and Rhiannon...... while Fran took this photo of me, in one of my more "mystical" moments. … [Read more...]

Father’s/Birth Day

Today is my dad's 85th birthday. When a man is born in the middle of June, he gets to celebrate father's day and his birthday simultaneously every so often. For dad, this year was one of those years.Fran and Rhiannon and I drove out to Athens to spend the day with Dad; we took him out to eat to his favorite Chinese restaurant and drove around Athens, throwing gas-is-expensive caution to the wind and enjoying a good old fashioned Sunday drive. Then we went back to his home for his favorite … [Read more...]

Job 2:10

I am posting this from my old iMac that I bought in 2002. It's mighty slow and it crashes a lot, but for now, it's all I've got. While Fran and I were at work today, someone broke into our house. They tried to enter through the bathroom window, but only managed to bust up the screen; then they successfully got through the bedroom window, breaking both the screen and the window pane in the process. They ransacked the bedroom, and alas, found about $150 in cash we had squirreled away; then they … [Read more...]


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