The Grandmother Diaries: Memories and Deaths

Two days ago, I found out that one of my favorite Great Aunt Jill had died. Her husband, my Nan’s brother, died while I was bursting pregnant with my eldest. I realized as I received the news of Jill, I have no actual memories of my uncle, even though he survived to my thirtieth year. Read More

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Flashbacks and Secret Agents

I had an odd…flashback the other day while on Facebook. You know how you’ll just be reading something, hit a trigger, and then there’s a flood of memories? That. There was this kid that I went to school with. I remember what he looked like, he was tall and skinny and his voice hadn’t changed Read More

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The Grandmother Diaries:  My “Great” Aunt

If you’ve followed my Grandmother Diaries, you’ve “met” my Gran.  All my life (and most of hers), Gran’s younger sister Minerva lived a block away.  I’m not quite sure how it happened…my Gran moved into the house she was in most the time I knew her after my Grandfather died.  I never knew him – Read More

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The Grandmother Diaries: Simple Memories

I’m still slowly working my way through her diaries.  Today, I thought perhaps I’d just write about all the memories that the entries are inspiring. My Gran was a formidable woman.  Despite her anxiety issues, she managed to raise two kids almost completely on her own. I remember her working in a mall jewelry shop Read More

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Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come From a Store

I know that ironically, this is among the First WorldProblems that I described last Friday, however, I’ve had a very difficult time deciding what to get my children for Christmas this year. Typically, we’ve gotten a few smaller presents (books, games and clothes) and taken them to the local arena to see the Monster Trucks.  Read More

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Ding Dong! My Memories Are Dead!

I’ve done it!! I’ve finally replaced all those nasty memories in my brain with enough happy memories!! The bad ones are fading!! It’s been over six years – and I feel as though now I can officially say that I’ve moved on! My wedding anniversary to my first husband is coming up next week. I Read More

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