The Things We Keep

 Death is an unpleasant event. For all the obvious reasons.When the time came, finally, for my mother's memorial, I dreaded it.For one thing, she died four months ago. My hip surgery immediately afterward stalled the date. So, this final piece of business lingered and I had a lot of time to not look forward to it....more

Day of the Dead

It's Dia de los Muertos, November 2ndSo, it's fitting, somehow, that just last Monday my family was in Washington, D.C., to hold a memorial for my father at Arlington Cemetery.I'm the oldest of five, so I probably have the strongest memories of the actual funeral, back in 1984....more