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A Bad yet Good Role Model

A few years back when feeling “stuck” and unsupported in Springfield. My hometown. I spent a good part of my day literally running criminal elements (I have a much harsher word in mind) off our block corner. Men in their mid twenties to early thirties who moved in across the street and who were recruiting […]

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When a Caregiver Loses a Patient

I’ve said it a million times, or at least it feels that way. My father, whom I cared for most of my adult life, has died. He died five months ago after a brave three month fight. He was my best friend, the best father a boy could ever want. The best friend a man […]

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You are My Sunshine, Presence from Beyond

I’m having a moment. First meeting with the funeral director and second coming to see my aunt at this nursing facility. My Aunt is fine, but there was an older woman begging to go home and hallucinating that her daughter was in the room with her sleeping. She was worked up almost in tears and […]

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The Choice of Dying at Home

One day when I was about 14, my mother and I were at a traffic light, downtown Springfield. She looked at the people in the town square and was obviously moved by something she saw, she said: “If I could, I would make a home for teen moms, and the elderly (women), I would.” After […]

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