Today in My History

2000:  A Perfect Day
You Can't Go Home Again
Busy? Who Me?
Water, Water Everywhere
Because I'm the Boss, That's Why
Friends I've Never Met Before
Sizzling Summer Entertainment
The Lost Weekend
2008:  Mortality
2009:   Five Words in a Stream of Consciousness  
2010:   Local Food
2011:   Choo Choo
2012:  Judgment at Nuremberg
2013:  Notes from the Little Red Hen
2014:  Some (Other) Enchanted Evening
2015:  GRUB 29

2016:  Saturday 9
2017:  S
unday Stealing
2018:  History, Recent & Long Past
2019:  Inverness
2020:  Italian??

Theater Reviews
Updated 7/10/21

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 6/29
"Written in my own
Heart's Blood"
Diana Gabaldon

My family

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Books Read in 2021
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Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

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Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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23 July 2021

My mother is from a family of 10

Her oldest sister was pregnant at the same time that my grandmother was pregnant with my mother, so if he had lived, I would have a cousin my mother's age (but he was killed by an automobile when he was 5). 

With all those aunts and uncles, it's not surprising that I have 32 cousins. It's also not surprising that I have not met them all.  My father didn't really like my mother's family, so we were only close to two of my aunts and so I grew up knowing only 4 of  them well.

this is me, Kelly, Peach, Kathy and Mandy.  Kelly and Kathy were sisters; Peach ahd Mandy were sisters.  I hardly knew Kelly and Mandy, but Peach and Kathy and I were good friends. Kathy died of COPD and Peach died of cancer.  I still miss them today. 

We've had family reunions where I met cousins I'd never met before and there is a family group site on Facebook where we can keep in touch, but there are only two or three of us who actually post much on it.

A few cousins have died, and at least one cousin, who was my age and a friend when we were growing up, has turned away from the family because her mother didn't like us.  I don't have any information about her at all.  Given how many cousins there are I suppose it's surprising that there is only one who has turned away.

There are a lot of weird stories about some of my cousins.  Shirley was the oddest one, I guess, at least of the cousins I know.  She was occasionally my babysitter when my sister and I were little.  She married and had 4 daughters, each of whom have a name that starts with D.  I'm not sure when the divorce happened, but she got into drugs and led a very "interesting" life for many years, including marrying another of our cousins.  She ended up getting sober and becoming a nurse.  She was into all sorts of things like drum circles and was close to Native Americans.

This is the same group of cousins, with Shirley added.

I've been thinking about my cousins today because today is officially Cousins Day and because I just came across an obituary for my cousin Clancy (David), who died in 2011, riding a motorcycle 

He was a cowboy biker who could compel an audience with a tale told in multiple dialects. He was a big game hunter who guided fellow travelers across the treacherous plains of Zimbabwe. And though a passionate orator and fierce hunter, Clancy was a gentle giant.

Not sure how I felt about having a cousin who was a big game hunter.  But I did love this story from his obituary:

The children’s’ favorite pastime was to play with Sailcat, a mummified feral cat. We found it in the barn one day, sandwiched between some hay bales, and it was flat as a pancake,” Dennis said. “I’m not absolutely certain how it met its demise, but we played with Sailcat for years. It’d pop up when you least expected,” he said, chuckling at the morbid entertainment.

Anyway, I'm thinking about my cousins today and wanted to wish them all a Happy Cousins Day.




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