Reviewing backups, I find Mom’s last words to me

Mom called and left a message 3 days before she died. She said that the latest tests were good. That everything was alright. To say hello to everyone and God bless. 20071024-MomsLastPhonecall2.wav A lot of folks don’t get the chance to say good bye, or their loved ones leave with too much left unsaid. Unshared. […]

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Eventful Week Can’t Even Come Close…

Call this week eventful would be an understatement. Monday was the anniversary of Mom’s death. Wednesday night the Phillies win the World Series, yesterday my friends’s 2 month old son has a successful surgery to address an intestinal issue, and today it is Halloween (wait till you see Emma) and the Phillies parade (which we […]

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Neil Diamond in the New York Times

Mom loved Neil Diamond and on some level, his music remains a part of my life. NYTimes: Backstage With Neil Diamond, the Marathon Man of Pop “I never expected that I would be doing this for as long as I’ve been doing it,” he said after his sold-out show at the XL Center here on […]

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I Fooled Myself

In the past, I fooled myself into thinking I could not miss what I did not have. I grew up without a father. Looking at many I grew up with, sometimes I thought I had it better. I had quite a few friends with dad issues that haunt them to this day. But now, upon […]

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Halloween Pictures

It may have been the day before Mom’s funeral, but she wouldn’t have wanted us, especially Emma, from having some holiday fun. We may have been harried making arrangements for that Thursday, but we had a good time. I feel particularly blessed to live where we live – a true blue old fashioned Philly neighborhood. […]

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Back to work

Getting back to work after Mom passing away is a weird and strange. I’m still busy reconciling everything in my head and heart. Funerals absorb so much of your time that you don’t get a chance to think about things until after they pass. I’ll share some pictures later, but one thing that became apparent […]

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It’s Cancer

On Friday the results of Mom’s second biopsy came back and confirmed the worst – that Mom had lung cancer – specifically, small cell lung cancer – a particularly nasty form of cancer that spreads unpredictably and fast. They immediately scheduled a deep body scan to see how far it has spread while Mom agreed […]

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My Mom *Might* Have Cancer

My Mom has had a few bouts of ICU worthy pneumonia over the past year. Last week she felt some chest pain, thinking it was a possible heart attack she went to the emergency room. Turns out they found two large masses in her left lung and her lymph nodes are swollen. The doctors gave […]

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