Family & Personal

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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Finally Snowing

28 December, 2015 Ken Everyday LifeFamily & Personal

It’s dark and the recycle truck is finally picking up. And it’s finally snowing — really snowing to where it doesn’t melt when it touches the ground. It’s felt like Mother nature hit the pause button for too long. It just didn’t feel right and I’ve been out of sorts. It’s been often warmer here […]

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The Odd Stillness of Indian Summer; Reflections of Bellwood

6 November, 2015 Ken Family & PersonalReligion & Spirituality

It’s not every day in November that you hit 80 degrees and hover near there for a while. Or my wife is right to be surprised that I am surprised by something that to her seems typical. It just seems the world’s out of place, out of time. Perhaps that is why I had a […]

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Will the Force Awaken?

20 October, 2015 Ken Everyday LifeFamily & Personal

It’s hard to describe in a way most people will truly appreciate, but in a way, two things sacred to me as a child were Star Wars and Disney. They were part of how I imagined the world could and should be. But I’m all grown up. I still believe in Santa Claus, in Chivalry, […]

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What a Week, What a Summer

26 August, 2015 Ken ChroniclesEveryday LifeFamily & Personal

Being finally cool outside again, I just went for a walk around the block, by myself. It would have been the perfect day to take Pasha for a walk, but she died last Wednesday morning, in her sleep and the usual “animal cracker” pose. We got used to checking her breathing when we found her […]

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Meeting in the Dreamworld

8 February, 2015 Ken Family & Personal

I woke up excited, then overwhelmed to the point of tears. Mer suggested I write this all down while it’s fresh in my mind. I was in the dining room of my family homestead in Dunkirk, where my grandparents lived. Merry, Christina, and the step-family were there, perhaps others, and I was using it for a […]

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Handwriting: Looking Back at 2014

2 February, 2015 Ken ChroniclesFamily & Personal

I was scanning the checks part of my statements from my business account, when I saw ones in my wife’s handwriting. I thought I had the wrong account — until I realized that was a year ago. In January, the checks looked normal. In February, Merry wrote my checks for me because of my hand […]

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