9/11 Remembrance – Little Boy Lost

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For the past 20 years, a photo has sat on my desk at work This photo is not spectacular, or remarkable.  It is a photo taken by a 10-year-old boy on the ferry in NY heading out to Ellis Island.  It was shot with a disposable camera, it is fading, but it is a memory embedded in my mind.  The photo is of the …

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The Path

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Don’t focus on how far you have to go, focus on how far you have come, and then keep going – unknown What is Occipital Neuralgia?  That was my question to the Neurologist.  I had never heard of this condition, nor did I realize in February just how much it was going to impact my life.  The official definition given by the American Association …

Butterflies and Bees

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Yesterday I took a walk on campus during lunchtime. In the peacefulness of the grounds, surrounded by apple trees, butterflies, and bumblebees, it is easy to forget the ugly history of the campus and what lies beneath its grounds.  The world has always struggled with how to treat those whose minds have betrayed them. The true mentally ill are often as locked away from …

Today I Walked Among Them

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Today I walked among them.  Standing in rows and columns, spaced precisely apart.  Straight at attention, in death, as they were in life. Twice a day for the past 7.5 years I have passed them.  They silently peer out at me as I drive by.  Surrounded by flowers and flags, as neatly spaced as they are.   They are warmed by the heat of the …

The Unforgotten Soldier

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All Gave Some, Some Gave All.  You Are Not Forgotten. 70 years ago today a 19-year-old medic, named Clarence, went missing during the May Massacre in Kungwong So Korea.   My mother had just turned 5 years old and was waiting for her uncle to come home to celebrate her birthday as he had promised.  Instead, in Middlebury, Vt an empty casket lays in a …

What A Mother Wants

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What does Mom want for Mother’s Day? It’s Mother’s Day and the question comes up, what to get mom for Mother’s Day.  The answer is so simple and often overlooked.  I am your mom.  I don’t want trinkets, cards or flowers, although always appreciated.  I don’t need to spend a day to myself in a spa, nor do I need you to make special …

"Behind The Lens" Blog Post by Marille Curran | Photographer David Cate

Behind The Lens

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Never underestimate a woman who loves a photographer, and was born in October. In actuality, the tee-shirt that appeared in the Facebook ad said photography, not a photographer. I saw the latter. They should have only added wine in their algorithm I would be fully convinced Facebook is listening. Yes, I am in love with a photographer who is teaching me to love photography.  However, I am …

Ode To My Brother (From the same Mother. And Father)

Ode To My Brother (From the same Mother. And Father)

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“You’ve got to be kidding”, You said to our mother. “You brought home a sister, I wanted a brother”! For months you would tell, Everyone you did see. This is my sister, Her name’s Timothy. Eventually, you warmed up, And the name it did change. However what you called me, Depended on the exchange. You taught me well dear brother. Unconditional love, Is often …

Alone Vs Loneliness

Alone Vs Loneliness

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What is the difference between being alone and being lonely? Alone is a state of being. It often means no one else is present around you. One can seek to be alone or finding solitude. As parents, we often crave and cherish those moments when we can be alone with our thoughts, a good book, and a quiet soak in the tub. John Muir …