Category Archives: Friendship

Our Brother, Mike

We have considered writing this piece every single day since our brother, Michael Donald Ellis, died on January 24, 2019. It wasn’t the dread of a chore which kept us from it; it was the magnitude and complexity of describing … Continue reading

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Burl Dreams

Due to a recent stroke, I’ve had to relearn how to sit, stand, and walk.  I have sitting and standing down pat, but staying upright is still a challenge so my walking remains wobbly.  Around the house, I walk without aids of … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales Can Come True (Even If Only For Awhile)

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you If you’re young at heart. Young at Heart, Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh Once upon a time, probably in the early 1990s, I walked into a small bookshop in Seattle … Continue reading

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Navigating The Shallow Facebook Seas

I first met Danny at my friend Bob’s funeral last year.  Danny is Bob’s nephew and bears more than a passing resemblance to him both in appearance and demeanor.  We talked a bit, but funerals do not promote an atmosphere … Continue reading

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Old Friends

Old friends, memory brushes the same years, Silently sharing the same fears Paul Simon, Old Friends We talk a lot about illness now – ours, theirs, and others’.  But while the subject has become a conversational staple, we refuse to … Continue reading

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They Also Serve Who Sit And Read

“They also serve who only stand and wait.” John Milton, When I consider how my light is spent Yesterday (a Tuesday in mid-June). Helen sat for two hours in the heart of the day and read a book.  It was raining yesterday, … Continue reading

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Memories of War’s Aftermath

When I was growing up, the veteran landscape was much easier to navigate.  The 1950s were truly a simpler time; we didn’t have to consider the veterans of so many different wars that happened in places with strange, exotic names.  Our relevant wars were three: … Continue reading

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Friends To The Last

Her name was Pudders.  Why, I don’t know.  It is a terrible name to inflict upon a self-respecting cat, but we got her as a rescue cat when she was about five and she’d already been named.  It wasn’t in our hearts to … Continue reading

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The Final Journey, Part Two

Bob Weiss was never consciously late for any appointment, so it was no surprise to discover that he’d arrived in Washington, DC months in advance of his funeral party.  His ashes had been sent on ahead to a historical funeral parlor … Continue reading

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The Final Journey, Part One

By the time I was born in April 1945, Bob Weiss had already fought for the Allies in Europe and won a Silver Star in the small French town of Mortain.  How much of his further ‘travels’ throughout Europe courtesy of … Continue reading

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