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Badass old lady

People out on the porch, people standing up in the kitchen people in the living room, on the couch, watching tv. She was definitely that grandmother who had the plastic on her couch. You were not about to mess it … Continue reading

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The Guardian

In fairness, the mental load can be hard to off-load. The burden is more than just buying the jumbo pack of paper towels it’s knowing exactly how frequently the paper towels run out (and where coupons are) Its being the … Continue reading

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One Last Lovely Dinner

My father lay dying of the coronavirus. A normally ebullient 96-year-old, he drifted in and out of consciousness as I, also infected, sat at his bedside. His lucid moments were precious opportunities for connection and FaceTime calls with his grandchildren. … Continue reading

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End-of-life Planning  

Do your parents have a storage unit? What’s your aunt’s Facebook password? Where does your sister keep her diaries? These may seem like minor concerns—but when a loved one becomes terminally ill or dies, knowing those simple details can take … Continue reading

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Jingling Us Out of Trouble

My sister, mother and I were driving with “Gam,” our surrogate grandmother, when our 1990 Accord conked out at an intersection in Santa Ana. Seven years old, I sat crying in the back seat, thinking, “We’re going to die right … Continue reading

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