Category Archives: family matters

day one was a doozy

Alexa (our AI) woke us gently at 2:15am. Thanks to American Airlines changing our flights to Reno, we were “gifted” a 10-hour layover in Phoenix. Might as well make lemonade, right? Abraham, our Lyft driver, delivered us to the Andersons’ … Continue reading

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she has no fear

What do you notice about Avery? Way back, she was leading her sister down a dangerous path. Her parents tried to tame her with gymnastics lessons. Declan did his best: “Mom, will you please tell Avery not to try this? … Continue reading

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when in jacksonville

Mauri and I occasionally reminisce election day twenty years ago when we happened to be visiting the Nill clan (my side of the family) in Jacksonville, FL. As lifelong conservative Republicans, we were quite pleased that our candidate, George Bush, … Continue reading

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zoom zoom

I’m sure anyone who invested in Zoom prior to the lockdowns can be assumed much wealthier for it. I’m sorry to say we are not among those with such fortuitous foresight. Truthfully, I’m happy for their success because it allowed … Continue reading

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back to school

I’ve provided you with nearly a whole month of rest from Macy “this and that.” It isn’t like I’ve actually tried to take a blogging siesta; no, it’s more like nothing of interest is happening around 514. Mauri walks the … Continue reading

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clearly unclear

First Quinn and I planned to walk the final 90 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Spain in May 2020 as a tribute to my 75 years of life. Well, COVID swallowed up that idea, but surely by September … Continue reading

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afterglow – wine and family dinner

My drive home from Idaho gifted me with 6.5 hours of listening time. Having just been treated to face-to-face connections with three podcasting Wilson women, I decided to relisten to a What Have You episode. But driving at 75 mph … Continue reading

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a big day for marissa

She made an impression the first time I met her at Quinn’s new job in Denver. Little did I know I would join the society of grandmothers to Marissa Anderson. In due time, a little sister, Cassidy. I don’t know … Continue reading

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we promised

Yesterday Mauri and I celebrated 26 years of marriage. We celebrated by exchanging cards, taking a drive to Benihana for lunch, walking across the parking lot to shop for shoes at Nordstrom Rack, and making a few more shop stops … Continue reading

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visitors from afar

When the Carlson family last visited us from Virginia, they showed up at our door! This time we did the more traditional airport pickup. While choosing pictures to tell the story of our visit [a lot of them], I discovered … Continue reading

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