Tag Archives: Shirley

Taxing Poetic

25 Mar
Photo by Esther Perez

Photo by Esther Perez

What I was prepared for was preparing my taxes.

A pile of paperwork sat close at hand. An empty spreadsheet awaited the figures of another year gone by.

What I wasn’t prepared for was an existential crisis.

It’s no coincidence that Shirley, my incredible grandma-in-law, died nearly a year ago. It was a year after I started this blog in memory of Sue, her daughter. Needless to say, this second blow was all the more crippling from the wounds of the first.

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Picture Puzzles

9 Jan
Presents

Photo by DailyCraft, Flickr Creative Commons

I made one of my favorite gifts ever this holiday.

I wanted to share it with you all December, but I was afraid I’d ruin the surprise. (Some of the recipients kindly read this blog. You know family; they’re supportive like that.)

Even though the holidays have come and gone, I thought some of you might still like to file it  away for future Mother’s Days, birthdays, holidays, etc. I’ve posted it here on Pinterest, too.

As many of you know, a pivotal point for our family in 2012 was the loss of Grandma Shirley. Her absence was all the more piercing at the holidays, when we were so used to seeing her buzzing around the kitchen—even at the ripe old age of 90.

So this year, I wanted to give something positive to members of the family in memory of this incredible woman we all adored.

Shirley and Szaba in holiday red

I wanted to honor the things about her that made us smile (not grieve), three of which were:

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2012

2 Jan

3087550776_c82e1b99a3_mWe talk a lot about what we did and what happened to us at the close of a year. But what about what we’ve learned?

As I step into 2013, I take with me the lessons I gleaned from 2012.

Included below is my personal list of 12 for ’12. But I’m curious: How would you complete it?

And if you’re open to it, please share. I’d love to learn from you, too.

Top 12 of 2012: Lessons I’ve Learned

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New Year, New Hope (Video)

28 Dec

ShirleyWedding

This year, as with any year, we all had our ups and downs, some higher and lower than others. To remember one is to reverently honor the other. The good and bad arriveand depart—hand in hand.

“Should we continue to look upwards?” Victor Hugo asked. “Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold… brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.”

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Giving Thanks

21 Nov

ThanksgivingOur lives, in both good and bad times, are very much a product of the influential people who surround us.

Today I’m acknowledging 10 such people in my life. (You might even be surprised by the last one.) I encourage you to do so, too, whether it’s by phone, handwritten letter, e-mail, or even a simple text. You’d be amazed how good it feels.

Life is too short not to appreciate the engineers who affect our ordinary existence, making it something rather extraordinary.

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Grandparents’ Day

10 Sep
Meana and Jessie Taylor, my paternal grandparents

Meana and Jessie Taylor, my paternal grandparents

Yesterday was Grandparents’ Day. If you forgot or were too busy enjoying the last hurrah of summer or simply didn’t know, now’s your chance to remedy that.

Stop what you’re doing, call that special someone right now, and say thank you. Never underestimate what an incredible treasure it is to know them and to know their love.

Speaking of which …

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3 Days With Shirley

27 Aug

Shirley, overcome with appreciation at the 3 Day.

Last year at this time, I was cheering alongside Sue’s family and friends at the Minneapolis-St. Paul 3 Day for the Cure.

Standing by my side: Szaba (well, she was crawling actually), my hilarious nephew Aaron, my sweet niece Ali, and Sue’s phenomenal mother, Shirley.

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