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Visiting the Cemetery

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 2:26pm 0 Comments

It's only natural that there are superstitions surrounding cemeteries. As a kid I remember being told that you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a cemetery. That didn't really work for me, because I lived across the street from a cemetery during my entire childhood.

It was a little country cemetery, bordered by fields and forest. It probably had about a hundred occupants, dating back to the 1880s. I used to play in it, looking at the tombstones and pretending to talk to the… Continue

Never Regret Growing Older

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

When I was a child, my family had a framed print with an old man and a motto underneath that said, "Never regret growing older; it's a privilege denied to many." I can still see it in my mind's eye - the old man's weather-beaten hat, the driftwood frame, hung on our old wood paneling.

It's a very Irish Catholic, gloomy, guilt-inducing thing to say, like when my Great-Grandfather Hughes used to tell us that if we saw a penny on the street and didn't pick it up, "you'll see the day… Continue

Always Go to the Funeral

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 4:12pm 0 Comments

National Public Radio produces a segment called "This I Believe," and it's just fantastic. People from all walks of life contribute essays around the topic of what they believe. (Just like the title says.)

Anyway, NPR broadcast one essay in particular that's always stuck with me, and it's called "Always Go to the Funeral." The author Deirdre Sullivan says that her father taught her the lesson that you should always attend the funerals of people you know, and that it's very important… Continue

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At 8:29am on January 14, 2009, P1ROSE2 said…
Thanks Lee.for the comforting words........I've tried to find a group in my area but with no luck finding one here yet.............
At 8:46pm on December 7, 2008, Carlo Cacioppo said…
Hi Lee, how wonderful it was to see what you wrote to deb and I. Thank you for taking the time to do that. Write if you need anything from us. Carl
At 9:12pm on November 18, 2008, Tammy said…
Thank you for your support Lee. I appreciate you. I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs*, Tam
At 9:49am on September 13, 2008, Melinda said…
Thank you so much for your kind words. Reading your blogs and comments you sound like an amazing woman. I know i will get through this, i just need to step one day at a time. Thanks again.
At 2:20pm on June 27, 2008, Carlo Cacioppo said…
How nice of you to take the time to read and respond to my letter, its unfortunate that as we speak, my mom is trying to breathe while on her oxygen tank here at home, I am her caregiver 24/7 and she has copd, breast cancer, pad, ashd, chf, and her diabetes is out of control, the doctor wants me to start insulin injections on tuesday of next week and he said this is the beginning of the end for her too, maybe a couple of months or so we will have her. Always remember Lee if there is anything you need please don't hesitate to get a hold of me. We all need to be eachothers support group. Please take good care of yourself. Carlo
At 11:22pm on May 31, 2008, Daisy said…
Thank you for taking the time to read how I feel, and honestly it changes day to day... there are some days that I am strong.. and some days well no so so... but i am working on the negative feeling I have towards people who take other's lives, because its not my place to have judgement... and I do understand all will stand before the MAKER and it is HE who will take care of what need be
again thanks so much for the insight and encouraging words
it means a lot
At 8:41pm on May 29, 2008, Elaine Banks Phillips said…
Yes this Kris J. Phillips Sr. Forgot to mention Kris accident date. The date was April 9, 2006.

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