FB_FL with Paul & Tina in 1953

Mamma Mia

Every few years, I like to thank my original Valentine for having me (and having my back) on my birthday. Can’t let 2/14/14 pass without another shout out. My mother Frances didn’t resemble the archetypal TV mother & housewife circa 1955-60. Nope. She wasn’t the Donna Reed single-strand-of-pearls type. She was a bit more Technicolor with […]

My Own Private CRASH

A story about the convergence of events, and also about my father. During my last year at art school, I was bolted awake from a morning sleep-in by my ringing telephone. As soon as I heard my father’s voice, I knew something was wrong. I just had to call to hear you’re OK. The daughter of […]

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There’s Something About Wednesday (Deadlines)

As one of the last humans on the planet without a smart device, I still have year-old text messages from daughter K on my phone. To save them and make room for new texts, I have to forward to my email one by one before deleting. It’s tedious, but her texts add up to a […]

The More I See You; a video tribute

My husband, David, performed his usual magic, with a little help from Final Cut Pro and one of my father’s favorite songs—The More I See You—to bring about this pictorial tribute to my father, Douglas Laurence. It was shown for the first time on his birthday, December 16, 2012, to a small gathering of friends […]

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On the brain and in my heart

We had a big storm here last night. At about 4 a.m., the thunder, lightning, wind, and hail woke me just in time to reflect that my friend Nancy took her last breath exactly one year ago at this hour.  I thought—The gods are angry that she’s gone, and letting us know in no uncertain […]

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My Stepfather Doug

This remembrance is contributed by my half-brother, Dave: I was five years old, living with my mother, aunt, and cousins Maggie and Valerie, in New York City. I kept seeing a man by the name of Doug Jenkinson dating my mother. We instantly liked each other. A stand out memory was my future stepfather having […]