Sometimes Government Really Does Work! Even for a Dang Furrigner!

I’ve meant to write this experience down for a while now. As I’ve blogged about several times, I lost my brother in November, 2011. When Jon-Marc received his cancer diagnosis, I started planning a trip to Scotland with Sean to spend Christmas with Jon-Marc and the rest of the family. At the time, both of [...]

Family, Living in America

Take these broken wings and learn to fly … again

“Blackbird” by The Beatles has been running through my head a lot this week. I’ve been struggling with living up to the eulogy I gave for Jon-Marc and I’m disappointed in myself. This may be somewhat unreasonable. It has only been three months and that’s a short time to expect to have scaled any mountains. Still, [...]

Family, Music

Grief in the Time of Social Media

It’s been three months now since Jon-Marc died. <cliché>I still can’t believe he’s gone.</cliché> I keep waiting to see him tweet, update on Facebook, or pop on to Skype for a chat. The way that social media has connected many of us more tightly than ever before has been both the most wonderful and most [...]

Family, Living Online

Stop using “Merry Christmas” as a weapon

I love this time of year, it truly is the most wonderful of time of the year. From the beginning of September until the end of the year is my favorite season. The weather is more conducive to my Scottish blood and all the best holidays happen now. As soon as I feel that first [...]

Family, Losing My Religion

Eulogy for Jon-Marc

I recently lost my brilliant 40-year old brother to cancer. I’m sure I will have more to write about this experience. Jon-Marc kept a relatively frequent blog and it has been so wonderful to go back and read his posts. I’ve let this blog languish, but following his lead I’m going to write and [...]