As soon as I could, I preordered this book. The day it arrived I started listening to it. After the first few minutes I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Michelle does the audible, her voice is so calming and the story telling is wonderful. Her descriptions of people, places and events makes you feel as if you are right there with her. The book starts with her childhood, her brother, her neighborhood and her family. She lived in South Shore neighborhood of Chicago with her lower middle class parents, who had high expectations for their children. Her father was a boiler operator with MS. She tells the stories of going to Princeton, then Harvard Law and then to going to work at an ultra prestigious Chicago law firm where she met Barack. From there she shares with us her struggles with Baracks political ambitions. She talks about …
It was a late summer morning around 8:00 when the phone rang. As the conversation unfolded, I laid in bed listening to one side of the conversation. It took a minute or two to realize what was being said but not understanding exactly what it meant. The phone was hung up then quickly picked up and a number dialed. She asked to speak to her husband and in a very short time she started pouring out the other side of the conversation I had not heard. A man had called and wanted her to know that his wife and her husband were having an affair. As a child of 12, I am not sure that I knew what that meant. However, I knew from the tone and tears it must not be good. She desperately wanted him to tell her that it was not true. He must have reassured her …
Dee made these wonderful sugar cookies, they were so good. We were at the pool when she brought them over. This was the first time we were treated with homemade cookies. I use to make cookies all the time, but it has been years since I put in that much effort. It’s not that it is rocket science, but it does take time to buy, measure, mix and bake these little jewels. Of course, you want people to enjoy them after you bake them. I think the key word in that sentence is “people.” I would never think about feeding them to my dogs. The dogs have their own treats. If I wanted to give them human food, it would be food I have prepared or purchased. By feeding the cookies to the dogs, it says to me that I don’t think the cookies are good enough for me to …
So I didn’t know who The Zac Brown Band was, until Chris and Holan were going to their concert. Then one night at the Wine Barn, Holan mentioned it to the group. Dee was totally into going but didn’t want to intrude into Chris and Holan’s concert outing. Besides, they had bought their tickets for weeks and the likely hood of getting another ticket next to them would be near impossible. So I agreed to go with her, if Chris could get the tickets. In a matter of minutes the tickets were purchased and I was on my way to my first country music concert. Little did I know that we were seeing one of country music’s most popular and successful acts. First, we went to Granite City for dinner. Steve, Dee, Chris and I were to met Holan as she was coming in from work in Kansas City. We …
I was cleaning up documents on my computer the other day and ran across this one. I don’t know where I copied it from…..maybe Facebook or a blog. It prompt my thought on yesterday’s post, Thinking for 2, Speaking for 2, Doing for 2 ….I think you will understand why. Can’t you see her tender heart breaking as she rolls the chair away. All of their needs put first and her needs thrown away. One day it will be too late for their apologies, too late for I love youOur loved ones go by so quickly And tomorrow she may be gone Someday it may be you….sitting In a far off nursing home.She sits there alone daily Just wishing for someone To take the time from their busy day But night falls and there are none. Time goes by so very slowly For she goes through another day Because she’s …
Do you know how hard it is to think for 2, speak for 2 or do for 2? I know I don’t. I have not had to do this. The closest I got to doing the three twos was when my Dad had his final stroke. But I have watched two wonderful ladies who have done the three twos with grace, love and understanding. The two loving adult children put their mother’s needs before their own, giving them the help to find their way every day, easing their fears and trying to make them feel loved and that someone cares. One didn’t want to make Mom give up her beloved home when she had to go to a nursing home. So the home was kept for years just like it was when Mom left. When she was able, Mom could go back and spend a few hours of a day …
Three years have passed since that warm spring morning my Dad left us. At first, when I walked into the living room, there were no clues that this would be his last minutes of life. Oh, we knew it was just a matter of time. You have to know that when you make the decision not to do a feeding tube. But we had seen him at death’s door before and some how he always seemed to hold that door shut. It was a door he didn’t want to go through, until this time. This time he was tired and didn’t have the strength to keep the door shut. The doctors ALL said with a brain stem stroke he wouldn’t ever walk, talk, or eat again. He always said he never wanted to go into a nursing home. We never talked about why he felt this way. Grandma Rice had …
All the high schools are doing graduations and made me think of my own some 43 years ago. I think it was about the 3rd of June and it was held at night in high school gym. I remember my Dad wasn’t going to go but Jociene “talked” him into going. There are no pictures of the event and no saved program. The class song was “A Time For Us” and we sang it as a class. I must say we didn’t do it very well. Afterwards, a friend and I got into my 65 dark green mustang and went to the Dairy Queen. The DQ was the place everyone went – we went not to buy an ice cream or a dill pickle blend but to circle the building. What can I say it was a small town and not much to do. I received the Kentucky Business Education …
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