Tag Archives: Memoir

“Zorro and Me,” a Tale of Being Ravished by Love

December 24, 2011

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Her name was Amy. And his name? She called him ‘Allie.’ But that wasn’t who he really was in his heart of hearts. His true name was written with a ‘Z.’ And a slash! A tale of bruising love.

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How Do You Say Goodbye? Part 2

November 8, 2011


There’s nothing special about this tale of a parent with Alzheimer’s except that, being a writer, I have the chance to write about my mother dying. A thousand other families reading this are going through the same anguished motions.

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How Do You Say Goodbye? Part 1

November 7, 2011


So, if my mother had not died from Alzheimers, she’d have celebrated her 82nd birthday today. But she did die, in 2002, of this merciless affliction. Therein lies the explanation for this downloadable song.

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Monastery Nights: The Karma of Moths

October 20, 2011

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“Monastery Nights” is an Occasional Memoir of Visits to the Bhavana Society Buddhist Monastery in West Virginia and Encounters with Abbot Bhante Gunaratana. See new excerpts each Thursday on WestVirginiaVille.com.

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Surviving the Great West Virginia Flood of 1985

May 10, 2011


“November 4, 1985, may just be another day to most of you,” writes Matthew Burns, “but it will forever be imprinted in my psyche as the day that defined my life.”

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