Remembering Aunt Lettie Ann (1942-2019) and Uncle William “Doc” Cook (1941-2015)

My Aunt Lettie Ann Cook passed away on May 17, 2019. I flew to my hometown to fulfill her request that I speak at her funeral and serve as a pallbearer. Her husband of 54 years, William Cook, who I knew as Uncle Doc, had preceded her in death in 2015. They were both goodContinue reading “Remembering Aunt Lettie Ann (1942-2019) and Uncle William “Doc” Cook (1941-2015)”

Learning from our Grandmothers: Memories of my Granny Ellis (1918-2012)

Early Monday morning, I received an unexpected phone call from my Dad. Obviously upset, he told me that my Granny Ellis had passed away during the night. It was hard to wrap my head around this fact. She was 94 years old, and she marshaled on despite numerous health problems–especially later in life. She wasContinue reading “Learning from our Grandmothers: Memories of my Granny Ellis (1918-2012)”

Niagara Falls, 2011 Last week, my folks joined me and Y for a two day trip to Niagara Falls in Ontario and New York. Above, you can see us on the Maid of the Mist boat after getting thoroughly drenched. The picture above is of the Horseshoe Falls as seen from our hotel room. TheContinue reading “Niagara Falls, 2011”

Mack and Sue Hassler’s Excellent BBQ Mack and Sue Hassler invited me, Y, and my folks over for a cookout this past Friday. Besides the amazing blue cheese infused hamburgers and tasty brats, we all had a great time talking about families, university life, house repairs, and Samuel R. Delany. Click through the photos above to see others fromContinue reading “Mack and Sue Hassler’s Excellent BBQ”