Category Archives: My Family

Remembering

I got word from my sister that mom’s memorial service will be in June. The years, the geographical distance, and the circumstances make it all seem a bit unreal at some moments. I think we’ll be driving–a far more manageable … Continue reading

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Of 25

Breaking from my tendency to eschew public revelation about my family, I will say that a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gives me cause for reflection. It was on my parents’ that my two younger siblings and I were baptized in 1970. … Continue reading

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Help, Helpful And Not

A day off for the first time in a few weeks. The frenetic pace of Advent/Christmas in a new parish, trying to get up to speed on all sorts of things, has slackened somewhat. My wife had an agenda list … Continue reading

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Paper Everywhere

What is this? The young miss spent most of the morning unpacking the kitchen boxes. Her ability to help with the heavy work of carrying boxes upstairs is impaired by her heart condition. But most of the remnants imaged left … Continue reading

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Quarantine Day 5

Maybe I don’t want to admit I’m a homebody. I like sleeping in my own bed, even if it’s a makeshift thing until the mattress and box springs arrive via van next week. I like fixing my own food, especially … Continue reading

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The Arm Of Light Blogging

Is it the virus? Reaction to my flu shot? This has been a bruising few days, but the van is largely packed. How I miss one aspect of my life as a single man fresh out of grad school: most … Continue reading

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Boxes

The word is out on another outlet of social medium, so I may as well report it here. Pieces of my home are getting boxed up, as you see. Once my family and I find a place to live, I’ll … Continue reading

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Real Versus Virtual

The family and I enjoyed a nice day trip to Mount Rainier today. We didn’t get home too late, and I was hoping to download some of my images to share here and on another social media platform. It’s really … Continue reading

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Years On, 5, 12, 32, 48

My wife reminded me that five years ago today, we left Iowa in the rear-view for the Pacific Northwest. What a five years it has been. Looking back on the closest thing I have to a diary, the personal posts … Continue reading

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It’s A Puzzle

It’s not just a pandemic thing. Every so often, I renew a hobby from my childhood. A Christmas gift from the young miss was finally tackled in Lent. Gambit was of no help. He loves the puzzle cloth when spread … Continue reading

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It Was … The Soap!

A most minor covid-19 casualty: the skin on my hands. Spots, pink patches, mild itchiness. They can’t say I’m not washing. My fingerprint recognition doesn’t work on my phone these days. They changed out the soap at the parish two … Continue reading

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Furlowed In Exile

The young miss was told her work establishment is shutting down for the next two weeks. Her mom is on the last legs of a bronchitis spell, so we will see who has more cabin fever when I get home … Continue reading

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Streaming In Exile

The Best Buy was weirdly quiet today. I saw people entering and leaving. But inside, it was like people had all disappeared. It was borderline creepy. I bought my streaming stick and left. It was relatively painless to set it … Continue reading

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More Adventures in Cardiology

Kids grow up but heart conditions remain. We’re off to the University of Washington in a bit for the young miss and her annual check-up. Iowa’s four-hour drive to Kansas City has been replaced by a ferry trip across Puget … Continue reading

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Garden

Last week, the young miss and I journeyed across the Puget Sound for a day in Everett. The single highlight for me was a visit to the Nishiyama Japanese Garden adjacent to the community college. I found it a peaceful … Continue reading

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