Tag Archives: Missy

Watching From the Shadows

Missy and I had been sitting on the couch when we heard the jingle. “Shhh,” I said. “I think she reappeared.” I set my tablet down, looked behind the furniture. Sure enough, a pair of small eyes gleamed back. After … Continue reading

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Rushing to Help

With bowls and ingredients in hand, my wife Heather armed herself to make my birthday cake. Naturally, Missy jumped to help, eyes aglow. For those of you who remember my previous chronicles of our disabled aunt/ward, who’s 43 in physical … Continue reading

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With Everything On It

“Go, ahead, honey,” Heather told Missy. “Show him your card.” Eagerly, Missy reached out and handed me her latest creation. The sheet of computer paper that it had once been could barely be seen. From corner to corner and edge … Continue reading

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Piling On

In The Naked Gun, there’s a wonderful scene where the bad guy has just been zapped by a dart from the hero, Lt. Frank Drebin. “He’ll be all right,” Drebin says, and he would have been –  if the bad … Continue reading

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Puzzling it Out

Missy bent over the magazine, sharpened pencil at the ready. The point descended to circle one letter … then another … then one more. She looked up from the penciled rings, her hundred-watt smile beaming. Just letters for now, no … Continue reading

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The Last Choice

“Blake and Du –“ I stopped, took a breath, tried again. “Blake! Do you want some food?” Big Blake, our muscular English Labrador, bounded down the stairs to breakfast. As he did, I realized once again how hard this was … Continue reading

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A Thirty-Year Gift

Star Wars grabbed hold of me at an early age. I had the action figures in the Darth Vader carrying case, including a Han Solo whose hand went into the pencil sharpener, courtesy of my sister. I knew the movie … Continue reading

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Lighting Hope

I’d gotten halfway across town when Santa Claus mugged me. OK, not literally. There’s no need to call the fine folks of the Longmont Police Department and report a jolly old man with a fur hat and a blackjack, making … Continue reading

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Hitting Reset

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had reached the height of their battle for a history-shaking triumph when I heard the thumps, like elephants dancing a tango overhead. One thump usually meant our 85-pound dog Blake had jumped on the … Continue reading

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Hobbit Forming

Harry Potter, of course, was the defending champion. Han Solo nearly beat all the odds. But in the end, the winner of Missy’s annual Halloween costume sweepstakes was a Shire thing. Yes, after two years of trick-or-treating as the world’s … Continue reading

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