It was the day after Christmas 2019, and the last place I wanted to go was the local Mall and face the crowds of people returning unwanted gifts. Yet here in a crowded suburban mall, it was I who received an unexpected gift…one wrapped in tears of grace. Even as I type this, my emotions … Continue reading Tears of Grace
Grief shouts the loudest during holidays. Following the loss of a loved one, those left behind must navigate a minefield of emotions during those first holidays without their beloved. And who wants to talk about such a gloomy subject at a time like Christmas? For most of my adult life, grief was never an … Continue reading The Great Musician’s Birthday
Love should come with a warning label just like everything else does these days. Except it should be in bold print and italicized in red ink. Reading the warning labels on many consumer products in these litigious times can be a source of humor. Maybe out of an abundance of caution, or just because they … Continue reading Shouldn’t Love Come with a Warning Label?
The wedding ring has long symbolized endless, eternal love. A circle, with no beginning or end, is said to symbolize infinity. A gold wedding band first adorned the fourth finger of my left hand on September 2, 1972. I planned to wear it forever. Now, three wedding rings later, I have a story to share … Continue reading The Tale of Three Wedding Rings
Another milestone passed! This post represents my 100th blog post on TheBuddyBlog.com website. No one is more surprised than I am. To celebrate this you-gotta-be-kidding-me event, I thought I’d share my thoughts and reflections on how I came to be a blogger. It might surprise you. After all, I never thought I’d spend any time … Continue reading The Memory Blogger
This past week, my family held a reunion at Jekyll Island. My children, spouses, and grandchildren — all twenty of us — came together for five fun-filled days on this Georgia Gem of a barrier island. We had a blast. Following our clan’s visit to Driftwood Beach, my wife and I snuck away for a … Continue reading Resume Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues
We arrived on time for our divine appointment — we just didn’t realize we had one. My wife and I decided to spend a few days in St. Augustine, Florida, touring the historical sites, exploring the eclectic shops and boutiques, and sampling the local cuisine. An arts festival was in full bloom and artists were … Continue reading A Rendezvous with Rosa
Reading a recent Facebook post of a cousin prompted me to ponder the virtue of gratitude. Is it a cause or an effect? My cousin was grateful for surviving a narrow escape from death after a frightening encounter with an errant dump truck. Gratitude was most definitely the result of her near-miss death experience. Her … Continue reading Gratitude: Cause or Effect?
Let’s take a vote. A show of hands please of how many people look forward to visiting a funeral home? Nobody? Thought so. You are not alone. Visiting a funeral home ranks right up there with root canals and eating fruitcake. Face it. You never know what to say. You are not sure how long … Continue reading Grace for the Grieving – What to Say at a Funeral Home and a Few Things Not to
Here I go again. This past week I had surgery on my right heel to remove a bone spur that was aggravating my Achilles tendon. If that sounds familiar, it is almost the identical surgery I had on my left heel last Christmas. So, once again, I am facing 7-8 weeks of immobility as I … Continue reading Avoiding the Insanity of Immobility