Category Archives: Things I’ve learned

Making Maple Syrup is Not at all Sweet

  or Venting my Spline I did it once and will not do it again. Like marriage and skydiving, making maple syrup is a one-time activity. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have the right equipment. Maybe it’s because I did … Continue reading

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Passing of a Father Figure

The death of William Edwin Stickney… The following was a eulogy I read at a Celebration of Life service for a man who was like a second father to me.  Bill passed away in May at the age of 83.  … Continue reading

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The History Hunt

What is it that makes history interesting? What is it that brings history to life? I suppose that is for each person to decide, although for many, there is nothing about history that is interesting. To them, history means a … Continue reading

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The Arm, the Cigarette and the Man in the Shorts

What does the couple behind the sliding glass door think when they see me head up the walk to the front door of my apartment building around 5:30 a.m. or so each morning?  I’ve just finished exercising.  They’re smoking cigarettes. I’m usually … Continue reading

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The Power of a Touch

My hand was gripped by the just born and the soon to die this week.  Both grips were strong.  Both grips were warm.  Both went deep to my heart. I held the hand of a baby girl.  It was the hand … Continue reading

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NF: Tumors, Pain, and the Pope

A photo of Pope Francis holding a man with tumors all over his face and head has gone viral as an example of the Pope’s compassion. I too was struck by the photo, but for another reason: Like the man … Continue reading

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Life Lessons While Awaiting Death

I am a hospice volunteer and as such sometimes sit with those on the trailing edge of life.  Some are conscious during the time I am with them, while a few have already settled into a sleep from which they … Continue reading

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