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In Memoriam: Florence Stendahl 1929-2022

My mother Florence Stendahl died on March 5, 2022 of pneumonia. She was 93 years old. Family was very important to her. She was the eldest daughter and third child of seven in her family, born in northwest Minnesota. Her love of family extended to her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and their children. […]

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Some Thoughts About Betty White

Actress and comedian Betty White died on December 31, 2021, just short of her 100th birthday. Dick botched the notification system we have in place yet again. We are having a serious re-think about the current system. I had to point out that “we are not OK.”  When your life spans the 1960s to the […]

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Memorial Tribute: Wayne Thiebaud

Tribute painting, as a thank you remembrance to Mr. Wayne Thiebaud. American artist born November 15, 1920. Died December 25, 2021. I didn’t feel up to sketching a portrait, so I sketched this cupcake—because he helped the world look at baked goods and so much more in a wonderfully unique and inspiring way. Spend some […]

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Sean Connery Dies at 90

I’m a little shaky typing this. I found out that actor Sean Connery passed away today. I’d gone on Instagram to post my photo of a new durum wheat loaf—and I saw my friend Tim’s note on Instagram. As a child in the 60s I wasn’t allowed to watch the Bond movies until I was […]

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Protected: We Lost C.R. this Year

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Practice: Thinking about Ricky Jay

  Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24,  at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]

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Protected: A Little Hiatus While Some Technical Issues and Deadlines Are Addressed

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Phyllis at the beginning of 2018. Days away from being 97.

Reflections on a Big-Hearted and Generous Life

My mother-in-law Phyllis Stone, passed away on January 16, 2018. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on January 5. On January 10 she caught the flu. She was hospitalized a couple days later with flu, pneumonia, and additional issues. She died peacefully on January 16 with Dick and me holding her hands.  She was […]

Remembrance Day: Thoughts in 2014

Above: Video about Shell Shock which emerged during the First World War. If the video doesn't play go to this YouTube link. (And from there you can also see the links to the other three parts.) I spend Remembrance Day in quiet contemplation with the phone off. I think that my November 11, 2010 post […]

Dates in History: The First Battle of the Marne

I have a friend who is an historian. Everyday she sends me a little update, ostensibly to let all her friends know that this single person is OK and we don't have to go and feed her cat. Often, because she owned racehorses, the updates are about horse racing. On September 10 she sent out […]

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