Category: Essay

Beginnings and Endings

January 2nd, 2021

Arriving and departing, joy and sadness over 72 hours.

Judy Watson and her great-granddaughter Avery Yau.

Our sweet, sweet granddaughter entered our lives on Sunday night.  

Her great-grandmother — my wife’s mother — left us on Wednesday night. Read More…

A Perfect 10?

June 9th, 2020

Some chemo, a transplant, a few laughs

My doctor’s notes from this day, ten years ago.

My life ended ten years ago. But it’s okay; I got over it.

That morning, I guest-lectured in a friend’s class at MSU, had some pizza with her husband, played a quick round of golf with him, then at 3:30 pm, June 9th, 2010, my doctor dropped a death sentence on me.

His sentence was, “This is not a death sentence.” Read More…

A Funeral For A Friend’s Father

May 31st, 2020

Amidst all that’s going on in the world

Before the funeral, he is curled up in a little ball on his daughter’s bed. Outside, Saturday happens. Lawnmowers whine, trucks bang by; his subdivision is subdivided.

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IT

March 29th, 2020

IT sucks

I’ve lost my voice.

I know where it went. IT took it.

No, I’m not sick. My wife Marci might be, but she’s been like this for more than three weeks. So if it’s IT, then I think we’re outta the woods.

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