Category Archives: Ontario

Sober Vacation

I have returned from what is becoming a yearly sojourn to the cabin on Lake Superior. This year, I took my twenty-six-year-old niece, daughter of my brother Steve, who died in 2013. She’d never been to the cabin. Her father … Continue reading

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Lawyers At Sunset

I read an article in the Texas Lawyer yesterday: The Graying Tsunami: As Baby Boom Lawyers Reach 65, More Choose to Work Into the Sunset “In the past 10 years, the state’s over-65 lawyer population has grown from 8 to … Continue reading

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Gitche Gumee

I just returned from a short trip to my father’s cabin on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario. The last time I was up in August 2011, my father and brothers were still alive. My parents went up every summer in … Continue reading

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Slate Gray

Last night my mom called me from her assisted living home. Her cousin, my Uncle Gary, had died. Gary has been sick for years. Diabetes, kidney disease, dialysis, heart attacks. He’s younger than my mother. Seventy-four, we guessed. His father, … Continue reading

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A few words about my brother

I’ve been working on my tribute to my brother at his service tomorrow, and here’s what I’ve got at this point. I still can’t recollect a specific “sweet” story. Dammit. A and P asked me to say a few words … Continue reading

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A Fish Story

We drove slowly down the abandoned logging road, gravel crunching beneath the car’s tires, from time to time loudly pinging metal. It had been fifteen years since I’d driven down this road with Dad, and back then, Mom and three … Continue reading

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Ontario Summers

What I remember most about my childhood is moving vans and boxes. But no matter where we lived—Chicago, Saginaw, Denver, Long Island, Houston, Charlotte—we always spent our summers in the same place: Lake Superior, Ontario. Here are some photos from … Continue reading

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