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Cranky or Kind?

I don’t like cranky women.  Yesterday morning at the Orange County airport as Philip and I traveled to Oregon, the TSA officer – a woman – was really cranky as she scolded us for being in the wrong check-in line.  It was 6 am and I hadn’t had enough coffee.  I’d gotten a meager amount of…

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She’s Gone

“Sissy, she’s gone.”  It was my sister’s voice on the cell phone.  I stood in a Hampton Inn Hotel room outside Dallas, Texas.  Joanie and I had just talked moments before.  Our mother’s hospice nurse had called to say her breathing had just changed and it would be good to come to her side.  They thought…

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You Are Just Never the Same

“You are just never the same.  You are changed.  You step through a door and you can’t go back.  You are different than you were before.  You are just never the same.”  Those were Carolyn’s words at our Cancer with Compassion support group this past Thursday.  She is one of the most articulate among us.  When she speaks,…

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What’s in a Name?

When I was little, my name was Kathy, spelled with a “K” and a “y” at the end — just like (it seemed back then) every fourth or fifth little girl I went to school with.  I grew up in the era of “Chatty Kathy” dolls, the doll that had a string you pulled and it…

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