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Het is altijd lente in Drente

We visited Renske’s brother, Joop, and family (Ellen, Merel, Jelmer) for New Years Eve, Day and a few days afterward. A nice vacation for us; a barking dog (Mik) for them. Ray helped Merel install Linux on her laptop and cooked a turkey with Mole Poblano sauce, so he earned lots of browny points with […]


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That was the way it was

Way too late, but still: Cousin Lorrie visiting us in March.


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This is the end

The alley, as good a metaphore as I can find for how things are going.


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The burial

Father Wayne conducts the service and the burial.


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Home Alone

Meanwhile, back in Berwyn, my father has died at age 93-and-some. I’m staying at my parents’ house, turned ghost house.


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Dad

Dad is terminal. It will only be a short time before I go to Chicago for his funeral. Echocardio isn’t going so great, but what else is new?


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A day at the zoo

We went with Kris and two kiddies to Brookfield zoo on a hot day. And then went back to Berwyn to celebrate an early Father’s Day with a lasagne dinner and potted plants. I said bye to dad. He said, “That could mean farewell.” I admitted, yes, it could. Love you, dad, in all your […]


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From swerve of shore to Beaver Bay

My half-sister, Lynn, visited us today and took use to Beaver Bay, Gooseberry Falls, Barnes and Noble (sorry, no purchases) and Canal Park in Duluth. It was good to talk to her. I hadn’t seen her in way too long. About Minnesota Lynn said, “If you’re not interested in the outdoors, there’s no reason to […]


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Epiphany

While rereading Ulysses Back from the burial of my mother I can finally piece together a few personal conflicts. There’s a song by Paul McCartney that has the lyrics: “What’s the use of worrying? What’s the use of hurrying? What’s the use of anything?” Her death and burial has made me (somewhat) understand the first […]


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Mama is dying

Mama is dying. I’m going to Chicago.