Never The Same Again (repost for DBA)

Reposting today, in memory of my wife Liz’s sister, on what would be her 48th birthday. Rest in Peace – Dana Blair Allen.

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Never The Same Again (Originally posted January 28, 2014)

I woke up today, not really any differently than any day I can remember in the recent past.  Thankful for all that I have been blessed with and thankful for another opportunity to cherish those blessings. Continue reading

A Thank You to All My Surrogate Dads

A reposting of my Father’s Day posting from 2014.  As of 2015, now updated with a picture of my own father, Kenneth W. Saunders (thanks Mom for finding this and sending it in time!!).  As separate post on him is still a work in progress . . .

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A Thank You to All My Surrogate Dads (6/15/14)

Fathers matter. This may seem like such a basic, common sense statement to most people that the initial reaction on reading that is, “No shit. Thanks for the enlightenment!” But, in fact, for me this was something that took many years into adulthood to realize.

Somewhere, in a previous post or two, maybe here and here, I briefly mentioned that my parents divorced when I was very young. After that, I very rarely saw my own father up through the time of his death in 1989. For me, Father’s Day was always, at best, a meaningless day and at worst, a painful reminder of the void in my own life. Continue reading