• a better picture

    by  • February 12, 2007 • 4 Comments

    Here’s what we know tonight — the big news first: Reuben’s pathology reports came back this afternoon and they showed no lymph node involvement. They found nothing beyond the tennis ball-sized tumor they took out when they removed the lobe of his lung, even though the type of cancer has shown itself to be...

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    through a glass darkly

    by  • February 9, 2007 • 6 Comments

    Reuben went into surgery about eleven, Birmingham time, and the surgery was over around three. The good news was he came through the surgery without any complications, which was one of our concerns beforehand. The hard news is they had to take one lobe from his lung and the mass in that lobe was...

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    by  • February 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

    My day at work was different than usual because I spent it in the function kitchen getting ready for a big wedding expo we have this weekend. The Inn hosts over one hundred weddings a year and they throw a couple of these bashes to let the wedding couples taste all the things they...

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    all we can see

    by  • February 7, 2007 • 8 Comments

    Ginger’s on her way to Birmingham and I’m sitting in Panera, trying to get my post written before I go home to console Schnauzers, which will take up the rest of the evening. They hate suitcases. When we moved from Texas to Massachusetts sixteen and a half years ago, one of the biggest adjustments...

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    schnauzer nap

    by  • February 6, 2007 • 2 Comments

    One of the best parts of my day is coming home to Lola and Gracie, our two miniature Schnauzers. In the midst of all that is going on, I offer a poem on the lighter side because it’s where I needed to go today. taking a nap with my schnauzers tuesday afternoonmy day offwe...

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    for the living of these days

    by  • February 5, 2007 • 7 Comments

    We are headed into a difficult week. We got word a few days ago that Ginger’s father has to have a mass removed from his lung. He’s already survived a battle with throat cancer. When a spot showed up a couple of years ago, they tested and said it was scar tissue. Now there’s...

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    by  • February 1, 2007 • 5 Comments

    A family is gathering for a mealoutside Spokanethe daughter is stillwearing her soccer uniformthe mother is chattingas she passes the potatoesthe father is nonverbal, tiredtrying to engage the dog iswaiting for someone to share They will finish their dinnerstheir conversationstheir homeworkthey will turn on the televisionthe phone will ring several timesit will not be...

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    a creative act

    by  • February 1, 2007 • 4 Comments

    As I drove to work this morning my ears perked up when I heard Charlestown mentioned on the news because it’s our old neighborhood in Boston. What they were saying was quite disconcerting: I-93 northbound was closed, as was the Sullivan Square subway station because “a suspicious package” had been found that looked like...

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    only connect

    by  • January 31, 2007 • 2 Comments

    Since our first real cold snap a week or two ago, the door on the driver’s side of my Jeep Cherokee Sport has been locked up. I’ve become quite adept at entering the car from the passenger side and, I’m sure, have provided a good bit of amusement to people in various parking lots...

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    can you hear me now?

    by  • January 30, 2007 • 6 Comments

    There are days that writing comes easy and days it doesn’t. There are also a lot of days in between where I find something to say once I get myself up the stairs and put my fingers on the keyboard. Every so often comes a day like today where the issue is not whether...

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