Saturday, September 30, 2006

Paul (239/365)

Paul P.: 4th grade, recovering from a cold, I was "sentenced" to indoor recess. Bored I decided that the first boy I laid eyes on I would have a crush-on. My eyes landed on Paul, definitely not my first choice, but a promise is a promise.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Lisa (238/365)

Lisa F.: Dippity-do reeks. It can also ruin a person's image! Poor Lisa was the victim to a mother dangerously obsessed with her daughter's hair. Circa 1971, every morning Lisa boarded Bus #6 with her hair in pigtails greased-up with Dippity-do. Fellow riders hated that smell...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Adam (237/365)

Adam M.: In 1974 when Adam turned 12 he had a party at his house. His older sister hippily played the guitar. We sang Kodachrome, American Pie, Time in a Bottle and Old Man. Sitting in a circle on the living room floor, we defined groovy-cool.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sharon (236/365)

Sharon C.: Cheerleader, Marcia Brady of Lincoln Hall. Oldest in our grade, first to be Bat-Mitzvahed. I was in the middle of reading, Are You There God? It's me Margaret, when she announced in the girl's locker room with hushed whispers she was also first to.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Andrew (235/365)

Andrew: A few years younger plus a few dollars richer than me, I could always count on picking up some extra cash by selling him something cast-off; doubles from Wacky Packs, undesirable candy, old scratchy 45's (remember 45's?) and occasionally tiny bars of rose-shaped soaps.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Deirdre (234/365)

Deirdre: My mom says she's wonderful now, so it proves people change(?), but here's what I remember: mean stuck-up richey-rich girl snob that held her nose so high in the air it made her hair look very long. Married older $man$. To maintain her lifestyle?

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Father Bill McNulty (233/365)

Father Bill McNulty: Favorite priest at our parish (QAS). Just past post Vatican II he held open confessions forgiving the entire class of second grade CCD students of our sins. He held "children's church" during mass that was always fun, entertaining and held everyone's attention. Hip cloth-man.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sister Francis Gerald (232/365)

Sister Francis Gerald, O.P.: The bell rang, she closed the door and we prayed. Anyone arriving post-bell had to sign their name on her chalkboard. Detention. Next, she exuberantly stalked the classroom searching for anyone wearing even a drop of color other than brown, beige or white. Detention.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Bakkarii (231/365)

Bakkarii: Legally named Adam West; he was no Batman. His long dreads and dark skin made sure of that, besides try to visualize Bakkarii in a Batsuit?????? NEVER!!!!!! Every morning he'd wake, stand on his head for 3 minutes and then take a deep toke.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Maureen (230/365)

Maureen Ryan Griffin:

Rainbow of delight.
Full of wonder and magic.
I'm her tender kindergartener,
and she's the most fantastic teacher in all the world.
When she reads out loud in class
I want to curl at her feet and
Most beautiful soul.

Click Here for Maureen's Home Page

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

George (229/365)

George C.: Our town didn't yet have a library so we made our own, lending each other P.D. Eastman and Dr. Seuss. Then his parents moved him from the public school to the Catholic one. Our relationship fell apart and sadly so did our lending library.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Beth and Maura (228/365)

Beth and Maura Grant: Traveled through thirteen years of schooling together. We were the minority in elementary and junior high; Catholics among Jews. They were identical twins with only a small birthmark above Beth's lip to tell them apart. My memory favors us swinging on the second-grade playground.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Joel and Alan (227/365)

Joel and Alan Lieb: Identical twins with unidentical personalities. Joel was artistic; Alan loved a good argument. Haven't seen them since graduating 8th grade over thirty years ago, yet their faces come to mind when I think of kindness. Still have the otter cartoon Joel drew for me.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Eliz (226/365)

Eliz (My Goddaughter): One of my favorite sayings came from Eliz when she was four years old... "You can't be kissing if you're not thinking." For every challenge life has thrown, Eliz has met it head on with determination and strong will. Emotional intelligence, grace, perfect hair.

Happy 20th Birthday Eliz!! (9-17)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Paul (225/365)

Paul (3/6): Loves a good pun, a roaring fire and the Grateful Dead. He's the Descartes of our family. He loves puzzles, chess, saving money and his vegetable garden. Always analyzing something! Loyal and sincere. Works hard at EVERYTHING he does. Family matters deeply to him.

Happy 50th Birthday Paul! (9-17)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Toni (224/365)

Toni Kelley.: Her love and enthusiasm for teaching young minds the magical concept of sounding out letters that form words that become sentences then thoughts and ideas is her divine gift. Watch her face as one of her students has an "ah-ha" moment. God is present.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hugh (223/365)

Hugh the Horrible:

H: hedonist, hacker, hoser, hitchhiker, hogwash, hollow-headed, homophobic, horrendous, hostile, horrific, horse-trader;

U: unlikable, unprincipled, uncaring, unwelcome, unwanted, ungrateful, unloving, unwise, unkind, unfair, useless;

G: grandiose, grappler, gorilla, green-eyed monster, Gresham's Law, gerrymanderer, grudging, grievous, gross, greedy, The Grinch;

H: huffy, heel, huckster, haggler, hoggish, half-asser, horrent, heartless, horny, hooker, hated.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Louise (222/365)

Louise S.: Give this septuagenarian some paper, scissors, glue, ink and rubber stamps and she'll create little pieces of art made with love. Art that she puts in an envelope, S.W.A.K. and sends to family and friends. Meticulous, creative and always game to learn something new.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Kyle (221/365)

Kyle: Speeds past my house at over 40 mph in his daddy's F-150. He only has a few days with her. He doesn't have time for Rachel's ranting and raving neighbor. He flips me the bird, pulls her closer and presses the pedal to metal.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Rachel (220/365)

Rachel: The price of abandonment: her father's physical; her mother's emotional? She willingly goes to places that no fifteen year old ever should. Yet, what are her choices? She's so lonely, she just wants to feel some love. Anxiously, the boys line-up waiting their turn.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Joey (219/365)

Joey: He's not her real father so why should he care what she does with who, when, where or why? She's the reason he never answers the door anymore. His shame is heavy but the resistance too great. He just keeps his mind on work.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mayno (218/365)

Mayno: We decorated her Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Tree with the contents of her jewelry box, watched movies non-stop and helped each other nurse our terribly battered and broken hearts. Here's to us, Mayno! CHEERS! Therapy through laughter, chocolate, wine, movies and friendship works! We're living proof of it.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Charlie (217/365)

Charlie Hayden: Was a carpenter that was first hired by my parents to rebuild the attic stairs then to remodel our kitchen. It was 1967, I think. His aroma was an exotic combination of sandalwood soap, pipe tobacco and cedar. He whistled joyfully while he worked.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Peggy (216/365)

Peggy M.: Dropped all kinds of subtle hints about her sexual preference back in the olden days. She was a pioneer, a warrior and a damn funny girl. Her girlhood home resting on the shore of Lake Michigan made her house the natural place for parties.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

John (215/365)

John S.: Invited me to Grinnell to be his guest at the mock wedding of two people he barely knew. What happened after the "reception"? Well all I'll say is I still have recurring dreams about that night and the picture perfect hike the next day.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Stacey (214/365)

Stacey O.: She was like a big bowl of ice cream sitting on the counter; so cold to start but with each passing minute she began to soften and melt, eventually turning into something creamy, satisfying and delicious. Initially swore to Forever Enemies, was I wrong...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Dave the Painter (213/365)

Dave the Painter: Painting our newly finished office, he discretely peed into an empty paint bucket that he stashed in the closet under his drop clothes. Never told him I knew ;).
Has an enormous Hot Wheel collection in his workshed. Kid at heart complete with cool toys.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Terri (212/365)

Terri: In her forties decided to go back to school to earn her teaching certificate. She's getting ready to move her gifted seventh and eighth grade students to a new school which will hopefully open in January to relieve the over-crowding in our growing county.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Terry (211/365)

Terry: A guitar in hand, his voice is soft and gentle which is striking because he looks more like an ex-rugby player. After he plays he looks down laughing, pointing at Cullen's untied shoes. It's a game he invented to amuse himself. Adopted twins internationally.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sue (210/365)

Sue C.: She experiences one intense moment after another. Her daughter is a challenging handful that leaves Sue in total flux after every encounter. Blowing her blond bangs off her forehead; she sighs then laughs. "My husband is a therapist. Is that why she's so difficult?"