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Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

The other day I was in West Marine, picking up some supplies for s/v Pretty Gee.  There was a bucket of assorted candies at the register, so I dug through it to find the miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  The cashier commented that those seemed to the be most popular candy they had in the […]

Memorial Day Weekend—A Decade Later

Memorial Day has some significance to me because of My Life with Gee. Here is a short excerpt from the book I’m writing about what Gee and I went through in our short time together. I find it hard to believe that it has already been ten years since the events I wrote about happened. It […]

Crossing the Line

Recently, I encountered something that is quite upsetting.  One of my neighbors has been very aggressively requesting donations for the American Cancer Society.  While I am a huge fan of the American Cancer Society and all the good work they do, I think that the behavior of Carolyn Burke is way over the line.  She […]

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish all my readers, my friends and my family a very Happy New Year.  I hope that 2010 brings good fortune, fair winds and following seas to all my friends, both personally and professionally. I particularly want to wish Jen and Adam Thomson a happy new year, since it is their […]

Pancreatic Cancer

Patrick Swayze recently died of pancreatic cancer. This is the same disease that Gee had fought the last fourteen months of her life. It is a very poorly understood cancer and one that is very difficult to diagnose. This is mostly due to a lack of specific symptoms in many cases. Also, many of the […]

Happy Valentine’s Day 2009

As usual, I’d like to wish all my readers a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’d also like to wish Gee a happy birthday, and remember the very special woman I married on this day.  I still think that Woo, Gee’s best friend, said it best: Yet we get to know her and love her and be […]

Election Day 2008

Happy Anniversary Gee… I miss you still. Today is Election Day 2008, and would have been our eighth anniversary. Almost eight years ago, Gee and I walked to the local elementary school and cast our votes in the 2000 election. This morning, I did much the same thing, but at a different elementary school. It […]

Another Brave Woman

Right now, my thoughts are with an online friend, Mike, and his family. Mike is a fellow sailor, and I know him through one of the sailing forums I participate on. While I’ve never met Courtney, or her family, I have spoken and corresponded with them over the past year. His daughter Courtney is a […]

Seven Years, Seven Months and Seven Days Ago

Seven years, seven months and seven days ago was one of the happiest days of my life. It was November 4, 2000, and I married the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. I knew I was going to marry her the very first time I heard her voice. It is difficult to believe that today, […]

One Score and Eight Years Ago

Today is always a day of mixed memories for me. Twenty years ago today, my identical twin brother, David, was killed by a drunken driver just outside of Nashville, Tennesee.  The drunk driver only got 90 days suspended due to the incompetence of the police department that handled the accident investigation. It took the police […]

A New Niece

Well, I am an uncle again. Earlier this month, my new niece was born.  Abigail Kim Morrissey is the first grandchild in my in-laws family, and I am very happy to be an uncle again.  She was born on August 1, 2007 and weighed six pounds and 13 ounces.  Her mother is my sister-in-law, Michele. […]

Father’s Day—What Two Fathers Taught Me

I’d like to wish two very special people a Happy Father’s Day today. They are my father and my father-in-law, Gee’s father. These are two of the most important people in my life, and I don’t believe that I tell them this enough. My father-in-law honored my in a way that I had never expected. […]

Six Years Ago

Six years ago today, I was cast Adrift At Sea. The amazing woman who had agreed to marry me in September 1999 finally lost her fight with pancreatic cancer. Gee passed away at 11:00 am, six years ago today, exactly seven months and seven days from the start of our wedding. Even today, I find […]

The World’s Largest Valentine

This morning, I awoke to find another Valentine’s Day card from Gee. The world outside my window was blanketed in a fresh New England snowstorm. I guess it is her way of wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day, and reminding me that not only is today Valentine’s Day, but also her birthday.  She would have […]

37 Days and Meta’s Story

One of my favorite blogs to read is 37 Days, by Patti Digh. A recent post of her talks about the movie “March of the Penguins”, and talks about a young woman named Meta. The story really hit home for me, since Meta was about the same age as my identical twin and, like him, […]