Tag Archives: Memory

Why the sense of urgency? The numbers don’t lie

I turnedĀ 58 a week ago. Amid all the birthday cheer on Facebook was a post from a childhood friend, sharing that his mom had died that very morning. That sad news reinforced what I wrote the next day to thank … Continue reading

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Learning the mandolin — good for my brain, if not your ears

Learning to play the mandolin at age 57, with no musical background whatsoever, is best described this way: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is stiff. But that’s OK, because my musical adventure keeps the brain “muscles” loose and … Continue reading

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Powerful echoes of a simple sound at 6:50 a.m.

Weekday mornings, if I’m in the kitchen with my coffee at the right time, I’ll hear a familiarĀ sound coming from the stop sign at the corner. And an entire era of my life replays in my head. It’s the sound … Continue reading

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Remembering a close call … a half-century later

The other night a childhood memory came flooding into my head and I have no idea why. I thought about the day when I was maybe 5 years old, in my driveway riding around on my miniature tractor. I probably … Continue reading

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The Memory Garden — a daughter’s loving tribute to her dad

There’s a remarkable young woman in our community who lost her dad while she was in middle school, then channeled her grief into a positive force for countless others who have lost loved ones. Rachael Ristau’s father, Michael, died of … Continue reading

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