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Another December

28 December, 2019 Ken Business & WorkEveryday LifeFamily & Personal

Around the anniversary of my Father’s death last year, I saw him in a dream again. Not sure if it was a message, but one interpretation is that he is moving on, and we may catch up down the road later on. Another lifetime perhaps. Images of Dunkirk prompted me to finally visit the ancestral […]

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The ‘C’ Word

24 November, 2019 Ken Family & Personal

As a treat to myself on the occasion turning 50, I (more recently) had my first colonoscopy. I was more worried about the prep than anything, but it was much smoother than I expected. I won’t dread another, at least not much. I drank clear, cherry-flavored, magnesium citrate, which was like a really salty liquid […]

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Settled in …

1 September, 2019 Ken Family & Personal

My Dad appeared for a moment, his face overlaid onto a character in the dream. It was like he was trying to get on the channel. Then in a half-awake state he asked me to do lunch. I had a regular lunch appointment already on the calendar, but afterward I sat on the deck and […]

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The “Second Half”

12 May, 2019 Ken Business & WorkChroniclesEveryday LifeFamily & PersonalGames & GamingParkview

Working up to my 50th birthday, I decided to stop digitizing the rest of my old files — if anything was that important, I would have done it by now. It’s not a lot, just enough to add to the filing cabinet, which uses far less drawers worth of stuff than it used to. Between […]

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Cemetery Tribute

21 January, 2019 Ken Family & PersonalUncategorized

{Sent to my step-family in Arizona to read at the graveside service for my Father} My feelings and admiration for my Father have never been a secret kept from him or anyone. There was never a time when he wasn’t my hero, my role model as a human being, a man, and a husband and […]

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Dad, a New Life

21 January, 2019 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

It’s been over a month, but I still don’t know where to start. So many things. So many feelings. My Father passed into Eternity, and my faith and memory of him brings me a peace in this, but it’s still hard, so hard. I have to keep reminding myself that Jesus wept, too. Anyone who […]

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Our Pumpkin Patch

27 November, 2017 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

Merry wanted to be married in a pumpkin patch, but we just couldn’t pull it off. I wanted a traditional Christian priest, but the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t perform outdoor weddings without a dispensation. I called the Episcopal diocese, then Greek Orthodox (where I had friends), Russian orthodox, and possibly a few others, but their […]

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Letchworth

11 October, 2017 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

Letchworth I remember as a child old black-and-white movie reels projected on a wall. One of them was footage of a trip taken by my parents and grandparents to Letchworth State Park. I always meant to go ther some time with Merry and finally got the chance. Earlier this year, a reunited friend from high […]

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Almost a Past Life

26 May, 2017 Ken Family & Personal

Almost didn’t go to my 30-year high school reunion. The idea felt weird in an age of already keeping in touch with Facebook or people you already see regularly, and many of whom you really didn’t know well enough to keep in touch with in the first place, and have become essentially different people. But it […]

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To Have a Pet, or Not Have a Pet

27 September, 2016 Ken Everyday LifeFamily & Personal

I love animals. Part of me wants to take most of the ones I see home, cuddle with them, love them. But the reality is different. First, I never liked caged pets. Logically I understand that most of them don’t mind and feel safe in a limited space, being well cared for otherwise. But eventually they die and […]

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