I live in Oregon but hail from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I live with my sister. Our menagerie consists of my dog Kai, her cats Luke and Frida, and my cat Vince -- named in honor of a hero of mine, Vince Lombardi. I garden and feed the birds, write, read, and enjoy doing theater work. Mostly I love animals of all kinds. They enhance my life and challenge my perspective on a daily basis.
Maggie was my great aunt and Margaret, I’m proud to say, is my middle name. She was never shy about voicing her opinion to me, or to anybody else, for that matter. Maggie taught me double entry bookkeeping, and so much more.
Convalescing from a broken ankle can be painful and tedious. Knowing what to expect can help. This is my experience. I hope it is of comfort to anyone out there who is recovering from a fractured bone.
I’m nuts about Buster Keaton. I like Charlie Chaplin, but I’m nuts about Keaton. We classic movie buffs tend to like one better than the other, though there’s room for both of them in Hollywood’s annals.
I have always felt that I was born too late, at least where my musical tastes are concerned. I was too late to sing with the Tommy Dorsey or Glen Miller Orchestras, and too late to sing at the Copacabana or the Coconut Grove or the Cotton Club . . .
My Aunt Sue was a concert and jazz pianist, an alcoholic, a troubled soul. She also had what we of Finnish descent call "sisu." Americans might call it true grit. She tackled her life and her death with unflagging tenacity. This is my tribute to her.
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