Real Life, Death and Everything

Life has hit me pretty hard of late. Just as the family was planning a Mother's day celebration in conjunction with Thomas's birthday, I received news that my stepmother, Jean, had died. It hit me harder than you would have thought losing "just" a stepmother should; it hit me harder than I could have imagined. Mind you this was not…

Our Katy

We lost Katy two weekends ago.  That sort of sounds like she wandered off to play with second graders on the playground at the local Catholic school, again. Or ran over to the middle school to beg (and receive) meat from the cafeteria ladies, yet again. We used to "lose" her quite a bit when…