Blogshorts, Day 19

This one goes out to my dad who always made me feel like I could do anything. Two Wheels Running beside me, one hand still holding on, you say, “Are you ready?  You can do it!” “Yeah!” I holler more confidently than I feel. You let me go, cheering. This is part of Blogshorts: 30 stories,…

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Friday Drabble: Canyons

Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. This one goes out for Mother’s Day. Canyons Though he’d seen it in countless documentaries, the magnificence of…

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Friday Drabble: Puzzles

Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. Puzzles The late summer sun streamed into the porch where I sat with my uncle as we worked over…

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Pancakes and Ashes

Back in the days when I was a young lad and Sister Cephas was in charge of my religious education, Lent was a pretty big deal in the Ancestral Betz Home.  We would always attend Mass and get ashes on Ash Wednesday (one of our priests called it The Feast of The Black Thumb) and…

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ANOKS: Jaws

I’ve posted before about our family’s weekly summer trips “down the shore” to visit my grandmother while I was growing up in New Jersey.  Every Sunday, we’d fill the car, drive to The Villas, and then head to the beach.   Like most kids, I loved the beach.  I loved playing in the sand.  I…

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Friday Drabble: The Visit

Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words.  Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. The Visit I walked into the room and there was Mom was sitting on the sofa.  Maybe she…

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The Reason

Invariably, when we described our plans to travel cross-country by car with our dog to visit The Beloved’s folks for Christmas, the typical response was, “Why on Earth would you do such a thing?” Well, in the summer, we’d told her folks that we were going to come and then we had to figure out…

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Do you believe in omens?

So, my sister is coming from Maryland to visit for Thanksgiving.  We did a lot of prep work this weekend to prepare, but I'm always looking for omens as to how the week might go. Well — both Penny and my car are sick.  Penny had to take a de-wormer (ick) and my car needs…

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New Traditions

For months leading up, the Beloved would ask me, “What are your family traditions for being at the beach?”  And I would tell her that we had zero experience with spending a week together at the beach as a family (PLENTY of experience with day-trips) but very little in extended stays.  In some ways, we…

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Friday Flashback

One of the fun things about this past weekend with my family is that my sister gave me a file of pictures and memorabilia that my mom had kept with her while she lived her last years with Barb in Maryland. Little Angel, I’m Sure (age 4 or 5?) Left-handed early (age 2.7) I took…

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