I have a very large family. Each of my parents had several siblings and most of those siblings had multiple kids. I would not even get close to the right answer if I tried to count how many cousins I have. When I was a kid, I saw some of the family on a relatively … More Funeral Family
This post is not about the movie Groundhog Day. This post is not about me reliving the same day over and over even though it feels that way sometimes. No. This post is about a groundhog. A dead groundhog. I wrote before about birds and how I found a dead one in my driveway. This … More Groundhog Day
Rush Limbaugh died of lung cancer yesterday. My Twitter and Facebook feeds were full of people who were giddy about his death. They didn’t like him. They thought he was a terrible person. They were glad he was dead. They made jokes. It was a great day. This is not a defense of Rush Limbaugh. … More Death and Rush Limbaugh
A second person I knew online only from FriendFeed died recently. It made me think of this and the fact that I still haven’t told anyone my passwords in case anything happened to me. I recently found out that someone I only knew online passed away. We followed each other on Twitter, but did not … More Do You Have an Online Plan?
Last week started with a text from my brother asking me if I had heard about the death of someone from our high school. She was from his class. Two years older than me. She was married to a friend of mine from my class. She died suddenly during the night. I can’t imagine what … More Live Like You Were Dying
I don’t really have a bucket list, but I was looking for blog ideas and this was one so I thought I would think about it and see what I come up with. I will be as surprised as everyone else at what ends up on the list. I will first list two things I … More My Bucket List
A little over 10 years ago my wife and kids were in Kentucky visiting her parents. She called and told me that our son really wanted a pet rabbit. I was not a fan of the idea, but they came home with a pet rabbit anyway. This was the first of several pets that arrived … More A Sad Start to the Week
I went to a memorial service yesterday. At the beginning of the service, they invited family and friends to come forward to speak. I love this. It is so much more personal than a random pastor who may or may not know the person giving a standard, generic funeral service. I was telling my friend … More Planning My Funeral
Well, a lot of stuff, but today I will focus on euphemisms for death. Passed on, passed away, passed, went home and any form of lost. I’ve felt this way since listening to a family friend call people from our house to tell them my dad had died and noticing her use every expression she … More You know what I hate?