Category Archives: Memoir

A ramble through history of a personal kind

First, a brief apology. I have been absent from this blog since last August, a long time. But, as you see, I am not dead, just dilatory. There has been much travel, New Zealand, England, Alaska; difficulties of the family … Continue reading

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Marriage and the family, part II: alcoholism

I have been married 4 times. I am a reasonably conventional person, and so I find this fact somewhat embarrassing. I often think it means something is wrong with me. People who stay married to the same person for a … Continue reading

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Marriage and the family, part 1

In the old days when I was in college, marriage and the family along with basket weaving, was a course to take if you wanted an automatic A without doing any work. But you did have to show up for … Continue reading

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Sunday Lunch

Sometimes I think I’ll have a party. A big party, perhaps, inviting all the people I can think of. Or maybe a small dinner party with a few guests chosen because they have common interests. Or a medium sized party … Continue reading

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The inner eye

I have had a couple of quiet weeks at home since returning from New Zealand.  It has alternately snowed and rained.  The world is soggy; the llamas in the field down the road look soaked and sad. The grass is … Continue reading

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A ramble in New Zealand

An easy flight, and now 3 weeks in New Zealand.  The trip, as always, is a mix of memory (I spent a year here when I was 13), family stories (my mother was a New Zealander), wilderness wandering and getting … Continue reading

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The importance of place

On the ferry Malaspina coming, home from Alaska, most of the passengers were military families being moved from Alaska to some other place. There were single men and women and couples but a lot of the military families had children … Continue reading

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A life lived by impulse

When I first began to blog I wrote an account of Jerry’s and my late life courtship.  I only had a few readers then.  This is part  I of 2 posts written almost 2 years ago.  I thought it would … Continue reading

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John’s death and funeral

Inevitably, as time passed, John’s physical condition worsened.  He was supposed to have palliative chemotherapy, but in this instance the British Health system showed its weakness.  The wait for his evaluative appointment was too long.  When we were finally notified … Continue reading

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The strange story of John, continued

This is a continuation of The strange story of John begun in an earlier post.  As I wrote the history of John’s final months I found it was getting too long for one post.  The final days will come in … Continue reading

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