Beloved Grandma Leaves Holiday Treasure For Grieving Family Who Miss Her So

Why now?      Why do the holidays have to come now?      Sure, I know, they come the same time every year.      But some years,      It sure seems it would be better if they didn’t come around.      Not so soon.      Too soon for my friend, Suzanne.      She lost her mom in September.      Suddenly, unexpectedly.      There is something about the first time you lose a parent.      Is it better,      Or harder when

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Grandma’s Accidental Thanksgiving Invitee Welcomed Back For Seconds

Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. A tradition as American as the holiday itself. Grandmas want everyone around their table. The more the merrier. Which is why this story makes so much sense. Jamal Hinton was at Wanda Dench’s house in Mesa, Arizona this year. The continuation of a tradition that started last year with an accidental text. The one Dench meant to send to her grandsons telling them what time dinner would start. One glitch. She sent that text to the

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How Daughter Is Sure Mother With Alzheimer’s Will Get The Last Laugh

How could I laugh? How could I not? Laughing with my friend and neighbor, Pat. For the last couple of years, she has posted stories on Facebook about Momma Jane. Her 91-year-old mother who is living with Alzheimer’s. This means, of course, that Pat has been living with Alzheimer’s, as well. You expect that. You expect a disease as awful as Alzheimer’s to affect an entire family. What I didn’t see coming, Was the laughter. Yes, laughter. Pat just has

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Morning Phone Call Reveals Unexpected Revelation From His 91-Year-Old Father

The call came at 8:45. As it does each morning. Not my phone. My friend, Gene’s. It was his dad. His 91-year-old dad. “We don’t actually say the words out loud,” Gene said, “But it’s his daily, ‘Yes, I’m alive’ call.” Some days the calls are short. Some days longer. Monday was a chatty call. Dad felt like talking. So, Gene shared his story from the night before. How he had splurged. Dug into his family wallet to take his

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British Airways Flies Devoted Aunt Half-Way Around World To Make Dream Come True

British Airways has me wiping away the tears after watching this awesome act of kindness and generosity. They have a campaign where travelers write in and share a near impossible dream that they hope British Airways can make come true. It’s called, “BAMagic.” Here is how they describe the latest wish come true: “London-based Sarah wrote to us to ask for help to fulfill her wish to see her nephew, Brodie, in his big break into showbiz: a starring role

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I Didn’t Know I Had It In Me To Make One Man’s Dream Come True

I made a man’s dream come true this week. Not just any man. My 84-year-old uncle. My late mother’s only brother. I didn’t think I had it in me to carry this off. Sometimes forces beyond take over. Uncle shared his last wish with me about a year and a half ago. About six months before my mother died. His wish? He never wanted to see me again. Ever. He hated me. Not in the “Ha ha, Daryn is going

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Something Heartbreaking Is Happening Behind My Daughter’s Bedroom Door

Something unbelievable is happening in my daughter’s bedroom. Behind a closed door. I know what she’s doing in there. Something big. Something heartbreaking. Something totally expected. Daughter is packing for college. I want to run in there 1,425 times an hour. “Have you thought about…?” “Have you considered…?” I stop myself mid-knock outside her door. I’m determined not to be that parent. Have you seen them? There is a special Facebook page for parents of students going to the same

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Wynton Marsalis And Siblings Celebrate Their Mother’s Life With A Jazz Funeral

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis and his five brothers have lost their mother. Dolores Marsalis was 80 years old when she passed away last month. What a life she had as the matriarch of this musical family. She was married to renowned jazz musician, Ellis Marsalis. Together, they had six sons.  Four of them are jazz musicians including Wynton and Branford. With so much music in the house, there was only one way to send off and celebrate this great woman.

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How Candles In A Church I Don’t Belong To Help Me Find My Way Home

Italy. The answer is Italy. If you caught last week’s column, Dear Reader, you left me stuck on a mountain top in Oman with a husband who was using frequent flyer miles prowess to get us home. “How about Milan?” he piped up as he worked his booking voodoo. He found a beautiful hotel and two first class seats through Dubai into Milan. For pennies, as he’s apt to do. “We can tour the city. We can go to Lake

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New Wedding Photos For Couple 38 Years After Originals Lost In A House Fire

Wedding photos. Few things are more precious to a happily married couple. That’s why Ashleigh Bing’s heart broke for her parents. Jennifer and Timothy Bing’s wedding photos were lost in a house fire only two weeks after they were married. That was almost four decades ago! With her parents’ anniversary coming up this summer, Ashleigh came up with a brilliant idea: Recreate the photos! How very convenient that Ashleigh happens to be a wedding photographer. She told ABC7.com that she

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