September 2, 2018

Granny Krean’s spaghetti sauce

Remember I make this for the huge pot in the picture.  You probably will need to scale this back if you use a smaller pot.  A couple notes worth mentioning.  I prefer a thicker, chunky sauce. If you like it thinner or a heavier ratio of sauce to veggies and meat — adjust accordingly. All of […]

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April 24, 2018

Dad’s Eulogy (04/14/18)

I am very proud to introduce myself to you as Ron McLellan’s son. On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank you for being here today to celebrate the life and legacy of my Dad. Ron McLellan was born and grew up in small town outside of Cleveland called Chagrin Falls. You can […]

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November 17, 2017

365 Day Crash Course in Grief – November 2, 2017

I have now completed the crash course in grieving. 365 days ago, my mom took her last breath, and in so many ways, it feels like I did too. I know three things for sure about loss. The first is that no one’s experience is the same and no one walks the same path. The […]

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February 2, 2017

Just hold my hand

My mom’s dementia is without a doubt one of the most difficult things I’ve ever endured. People call it “the long goodbye” and it’s excruciating to watch someone you love literally fade away in front of you, often battling an opponent they cannot understand or even see. It’s like watching someone gasping for breath as […]

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November 26, 2016

Mom’s Eulogy (11/26/16)

Before I get started, I want to pause and offer some thanks. My mom would kill me if I did not show my good manners. First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for being here. I know it’s a holiday weekend, I know you had other places to be, so we’re very […]

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October 14, 2015

Hold them tight

I spent 2+ hours on the phone tonight with my mom. I talk to her several times every day but this was a doozy. The conversation ranged from her crying hysterically because she was worried that something had happened to me to her thinking that Neil Patrick Harris was talking to her (from the TV) […]

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November 27, 2014

Gratitude: The best part of me

In 2006, I wrote this post in response to a blogger asking us what we’re most grateful for.  I am blessed more than I deserve and I know, more than many. But despite that abundance, it was an easy question to answer.  Then and now. Here is my own Thanksgiving homage: Rather than create a […]

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September 13, 2014

I believe

Back in 2007, my friend Terry Starbucker wrote a post about the stirring monologue in the movie Bull Durham where the main character played by Kevin Costner talks about his deeply held beliefs. That inspired some of us to take a stab at our own monologue.  I stumbled upon mine recently and was happy to see that […]

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September 1, 2014

I love happy endings

But maybe I need to change my view. I can trace it back to the 3rd grade.  It was the Friday before winter break (back then we were allowed to call it Christmas break) and the natives were restless. To try to contain our exuberance for the extended break – the entire school was ushered into […]

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June 20, 2014

Dear ‘Mommy’ in Seat 16A

I fly quite a bit for work and like everyone else — I am always curious to see who is going to sit next to me. Usually it’s someone else traveling for business and we might exchange a hello or quick conversation but that’s about it. Which is fine, because I am very productive on planes. […]

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