Category Archives: Family

My Daughters

Date: February 21, 2014 Categories: Family Comments: 2 Comments Share:

I have been trying to organize over 40 years of living in the same house, deciding what to throw away and what to keep. I am slowly going through files and determining the worthiness of each item.  Sometimes it is hard to let go.  Other times a piece of my heart brings me back to the past. As I was going through papers I found a “poem” [...]

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Learning to Believe

Date: February 1, 2014 Categories: Family Comments: 4 Comments Share:

It was 1976.  We sat in the psychologist’s office going over the tests they had just performed on our daughter, then four years old.   They told us she was mentally retarded.  They told us she would never be able to succeed in life.  I remember the last phrase the psychologist said to me “Go home and learn to cope with a hyperactive [...]

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A Family Story: Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Date: December 13, 2013 Categories: Family Comments: 7 Comments Share:

My grandmother, Effie Hedges, lived until she was 95 years old but she never recovered from the tragedies of loss of her children, particularly Teddy, her youngest, among those lost on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Her first child died at the age of four after eating the poisonous wild parsnip along a stream in the wilds of Idaho, a story [...]

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