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Third Degree Burn by
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Last year at about this time I  burned the top of my foot.  It was very painful and looked pretty bad,  and so I went to the dermatologist. He examined the wound and asked me how it had happened.   For some reason I was too embarrassed to tell the whole truth,  and so I…
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Early Thanksgiving by
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As I was preparing for Thanksgiving last month I thought about a Thanksgiving we celebrated several  seasons ago. That year as  November approached  I fretted over the many regrets I’d gotten in the past to my Thanksgiving invitations. One of my cousins and his family usually celebrated with his in-laws;  another often went to an…
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Back to December by
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I get very grouchy this time of year. I hate going into any kind of store, because they are invariably playing Christmas music. Even if they avoid the blatantly religious songs, and stick to “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” it’s still a reminder that for this entire month I am…
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Holidays Leave Me Overwhelmed and Nostalgic by
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I have no control over the holidaze. The only thing I can control is how I respond to it.
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We Are Family by
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Once we were six, and now we are five. First cousins.  We lined up like this: my sister, the oldest; the only boy; two of us born a few months apart; the middle of three sisters; and the baby. We posed for pictures together from the time we were toddlers. In the beginning, there were…
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Cousin George or Cousin ??? by
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If I did have my DNA tested I am quite sure I would not find that I was related to George Washington
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The Lost Cousin of Milwaukee by
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Linda had inherited my aunt's role as the matriarch of the family -- the unofficial historian and part-time yenta who always knew what was going on with everyone.
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It’s A Family Affair by
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There were five of us girl cousins who grew up together, my mother’s three daughters, and her sister Daisy’s two. They were my only first cousins, and the only cousins I ever knew. Each of my parents had one sibling, and my father’s sister didn’t have any children. There probably were some second cousins on both…
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Annette by
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Annette was more like the sister I always wished for than a cousin.
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Charity Begins At Home Redux (with apologies to Betsy) by
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I really do a lot of non-profit work and always have.  But, in many ways, I feel as if it was a non-choice given my upbringing..."
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