Category Archives: Family/Friends

Stories related to my family and friends; some of whom are no longer…

+1

A positive (+) look on life this morning: +1 = 1 year since my last post (50/20) which celebrated two important events – the most important being my 20th wedding anniversary.

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Form 1D

I heard a jolting, funny answering machine message today. Do listen to it. It was prepared by frustrated schoold teachers at a school in Australia. I have a lot of admiration for school teachers – I was a part-time teacher for … Continue reading

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Traveling with Barbara

Barbara and I courted  in 1972 under painful circumstances – my body was healing from a fall down a mountain. Bone knitting and affection were helped by us being kindred spirits and we became close quickly. She wanted adventure, and I … Continue reading

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Upon Meeting Miss Maggie

Miss Maggie is Maggie Antoinette Suzanne Grau Medley (Gredley); our dog. Maggie is almost 14 now; a puppy disguised as an elderly dog. But nowadays she wears her disguise more and more. Right now she appears very elderly, very asleep, with her … Continue reading

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Tea Break (Gimme Some Lovin’)

Yesterday afternoon we drove 90 miles to a surprise party Brunch for a friend’s 65th Birthday. Despite it being well over 100 degrees in Modesto, we old folk boogied and danced the early hours of the afternoon. (Most of us don’t do … Continue reading

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Joking Around

I admire Foolishness ; I dislike practical jokes. But as a person with pretty flexible boundaries, I have been the butt of jokes and teasing most of my life. Most times I go along with being teased, unless it is … Continue reading

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Kaukahi Kayaks

When I lived in Hawaii I loved the sea. Not being good at surfing, I took up kayaking in about 1981, when my wife Barbara and I met Ann Fielding, a marine biologist well known in Hawaii for her books … Continue reading

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Dissed Off

Dissed is a lovely word, originally Jamaican slang, but I play with it a little here. I have been dissed a lot recently. Let me display the ways:

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Downsized

Downsized means smaller, shrunken, poorer. Maggie has downsized this week. She was sheared from her normal full-size mass of unruly maggie-shagginess to a new svelte style: cool, velvet-coated, sleek. She shed Age too- she looks 3 years old, not 13.

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Myfanwy

  This is a love story.        Myfanwy was my mother. Myfanwy (Muh-van-whi) is a Welsh girl’s name, from annwyl (“”beloved” or “sweet little one”). Myfanwy is also the title of a hauntingly lovely Welsh folk song; which, as sung by Welsh … Continue reading

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