Family

Warmly

Summer has been holding on longer than I would like, even into October, when others are flaunting their sweater weather and flaming leaves, and here it’s still sweating weather and flaming forest fires. Even at the Coast, it’s been close to 10 degrees warmer than it should be, even...

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After

Rob hard at work* Decanting things from the Closet of Doom has led to the “just moved in” look for my living room, and you know how I love that. Ignoring the chaos, Rob installed the shelving supports: And then the shelves themselves: I can now easily reach the...

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Before

I’m pleased to announce that Wednesday and I have been reunited. I picked up a new battery at the car parts store – well, the nice man at the car parts store picked it up and carefully placed it in the loaner car – and a new headlight, and...

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Brotherly

My big/little brother My brother’s birthday is in early September, usually on or around Labor Day weekend, the unofficial last long weekend of the summer, and my sister’s birthday is on or around the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial first long weekend of the summer, neatly bracketing the season....

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Rob

It was nice to come home and find Rob there pottering around. This happens less often now that I reside 20 minutes away instead of two minutes away (or less, before Megan and Rob moved to the family estate). He diagnosed a problem with the hose that had been...

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19

Dad at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, 1993 Nineteen years ago, my life changed forever with a phone call. I will never forget hearing my sister’s voice telling me that our beloved father was dead. I understood the words individually, but not together. They seemed to hang in my brain,...

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Memorial

Harriet’s Tree Soon after the loss of the Beautiful Harriet, my friend and coworker Michelle (who loves Megan and shares an office with her at work) and I bought a memorial tree in her honor. We had it shipped from nearby Humboldt County, and it arrived safe and sound,...

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Stella

The velvety Stella having fun in the woods Megan noticed a bump on Stella’s velvety grey leg. She took Stella to see Dr. Karen, who did a needle biopsy and then said the C word. You know, the one no one wants to hear. The lump had to go,...

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Garden

Summer is in full swing at the family estate. Apples are appling: Peaches are peaching: And pears are pearing: There are more zucchini than we know what to do with – suggestions welcome – and strawberries, herbs, and raspberries galore. Peppers are close to being ready, and we were...

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Art

When Megan and Rob first moved onto the family estate, I thought the space they had marked out for their backyard was huge. How could they need all that space? And it all had to be fenced, which is not an inexpensive undertaking, especially if you do It in...

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Shade

I often call the family estate The Sunstroke Savanna. There is basically no shade, and it’s hotter than that it was at my old house (a mere quarter mile away) or my new one (about 12 miles away, but still in Hooterville). As is the California way, it is...

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29

July 1 marked Megan and Rob’s 29th anniversary! Here they are on the big day, with a beaming Dad: I realize that Dad was around the same age then as I am now. How did that happen? Megan and Rob were married at our godparents’ house in San Francisco...

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Fourth

Happy Fourth! My English father used to say that England should really the be one to celebrate the Fourth of July. After all, they were finally free of America and all its problems, which have not diminished in the two centuries since we became independent. I often wonder what...

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Ginger

Ginger and Jonathan at our childhood home I came across this photo recently of my brother and our dog Ginger at our childhood home in upstate New York. The photo gives a clear view of our route to the school bus stop, at the Nagels’ farm, just across the...

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Garden

The loss of The Beautiful Harriet put everything else out of my mini mind, and I forgot to tell you about my visit to the family property a couple of weeks ago, now known as the good old days when we still had Harriet. It was still early-ish in...

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Harriet

The Beautiful Harriet, May 7, 2020 We lost The Beautiful Harriet just two days after Megan’s birthday. Megan was working, and Rob saw Harriet make a strange movement and then seem to be partly paralyzed. Her pupils were fixed and dilated. He knew there was no hope of recovery,...

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Emergencies

There haven’t been a lot of dull moments for Megan at work lately. She has worked in the emergency room of our local hospital for many years now, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, it turns out you haven’t. A woman showed up carrying a blanket,...

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Clock

The grandfather clock in my house is probably older than this country, depending on whether it was made by John Jullion Senior (born 1701) or Junior (born 1734). Mr. Jullion was a famous clockmaker from Brentford, England, who also made the oldest clock still on public display in Australia....

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Birthday

Dad heading to school, circa 1936 My father was born on this day in 1931. He left us too soon, on August 18, 2001, at the age of 70. As I approach 60 – I am turning 58 this June – it is a little alarming to think that...

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Change

Well, this was the Mondayest Monday ever – the day after the dreaded time change. You know, the one where they steal an hour of our weekend and then expect us to get up extra early the next day, merrily adding insult to injury. You know a week that...

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