Category Archives: family

THE STREET WHERE I LIVED

TweetI wrote this a few months after my father died. It was published in Life magazine on November 19, 2004. In trying to organize years of my magazine and newspaper pieces, I came across it and decided to re-print it.

STEALING REAGAN

TweetThis morning, I took a walk in my old neighborhood, where the house I grew up in has been leveled and a new house is being built. I  hadn’t been there for a while, so I was surprised at how

WHEN A FRIEND DIES

TweetMy friend died early this morning, long after midnight and long before dawn. She waged a fierce battle against the cancer that ultimately won. She had been in the hospital for 3 weeks and the night before she died she

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER’S DEATH

TweetThere was a full moon the night before my father died. Like the moon a few nights ago that shone through my window, bright as a prayer. Eleven years have passed since my father’s death and, strange as it may

HOW ALZHEIMER’S REARRANGES FAMILIES

TweetA woman finds herself shouldering the burden of providing care for a parent with Alzheimer’s while her siblings rarely call or visit. A man moves in with his mother, whose memory is splintering quickly, while his sisters claim things aren’t

ON MY FATHER’S BIRTHDAY

Tweet104 years ago on this day a baby boy was born to a devoutly religious woman who believed in tithing even though she had little, and a good-natured Irishman with a drinking problem. That boy grew up to be my

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