When your cell phone rings at 2:35 AM, you can be sure it’s a call you wish you didn’t have to take. I marveled at how calm my mother managed to sound as she said, “Your father passed.” I took some time to completely fall apart in the hotel room, with Karsten comforting me. It’s Read more about When at last you reach the end, turn around and start again[…]
So I guess I haven’t posted in a while. It’s not for lack of stuff to write. In fact, I should probably be journaling like crazy through all of this because, as I explained to over the phone a few weeks ago, I could write a freakin’ book about how weird and surreal this whole Read more about Drawing to a close[…]
Ever since my dad started pressuring me to go to this past weekend’s family wedding in Baltimore — and the pressure started back in August — I’ve been meaning to dig out my saved copy of this email exchange and post it for you all to read and for me to re-read. Because it’s one of the things that makes me realize how much I’m going to miss my dad. I’ll post more about the wedding itself later.
Back in October 1998, I found a web site called Familypoint.com that was supposed to be a virtual meeting place for extended families. I set up a site for my family and mentioned it to my parents just before they attended a family wedding in Baltimore so they could spread the word about it to everyone. One of my cousins who is roughly my age found my personal web site through a series of links from the Familypoint.com site and was apparently shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn that I’m bi and poly.
Her father, my uncle, promptly sent me a nasty email about it. […]
Milestones upcoming and past. This helps me stay aware of what a given period of time feels like. Just under a month until I see my dad, maybe for the last time. One month exactly until I turn 30. Two months (when the music executives are all back in their offices after the holidays) until Read more about Random countdown & countup[…]
I hope this e-mail reaches everyone in good health, and happy! Dad finished his radiation last week in time to accompany my mom to a business conference in Galena, IL. Unfortunately, he became very ill during the time they were in Galena. Delayed effects of the radiation. My mom said it was tough to concentrate Read more about Update on Dad from my sister[…]
but this email from my sister choked me up. I hope this e-mail finds all well and enjoying life!! Dad is to complete his radiation next week. So far he has done very well. No horrible effects, other than skin irritations and exhaustion. His spirits are good and he is trying to look at this Read more about I’m not a religious or even a spiritual person…[…]
I scribbled out a little essay-type-thing while I was waiting in the airport in Charlottesville. It’s not elegantly written, but I can’t bring myself to revise it. It’s just first-draft raw writing, and that feels somehow right. I am in a tiny airport on the East Coast of the United States, and I am reminded Read more about Rambling essay-type-thing[…]