Don't everyone thank me at once.

September 25th, 2014 @ 8:58 am
Throwback Thursday
September 18th, 2014 @ 9:04 am
Throwback Thursday
September 18th, 2014 @ 8:54 am
Throwback Thursday
September 11th, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Throwback Thursday
August 22nd, 2014 @ 1:32 am
Happy Birthday!

FOUR!

August 14th, 2014 @ 8:08 am
Throwback Thursday
August 12th, 2014 @ 8:50 am
Another Anniversary

I like this photo of my mom because I have to believe she liked it. It shows her as an adult and in probably the best shape of her life. Her only complaint, I bet, would be that my sister and I are not in it, and so it is not a true representation of […]

July 24th, 2014 @ 9:13 am
Throwback Thursday

Happy birthday (tomorrow) to my awesome little brother, Mike. It seems like he joined the Coast Guard yesterday!

July 10th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm
Throwback Thursday
May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:05 am
Friday Five: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jenny Edition

GoofyI love you, sis.

  • Jenny Was a Friend of Mine — Killers, The
  • Jenny Wren — McCartney, Paul
  • Jenny — Stellastarr*
  • Cut Me Up Jenny — Taking Back Sunday
  • 867-5309 (Jenny) — Tutone, Tommy
    867-5309/Jenny — Less Than Jake
May 1st, 2014 @ 8:06 am
Throwback Thursday
April 24th, 2014 @ 7:56 am
Throwback Thursday
December 24th, 2013 @ 8:12 am
Christmas Eve, 2013

This is our second Christmas without mom. Last year I wrote a little bit about our Christmas Eve traditions, but I don’t have it in me this year. Christmas will be exactly 500 days since she died, which is simultaneously meaningless and important. I miss her so much.

December 20th, 2013 @ 7:20 am
Friday Five: Awesome Things About My Dad

DadToday is my dad’s birthday, so this Friday Five is dedicated to him. Here are five completely random awesome things about my dad:

  1. He can effortlessly play the guitar, mandolin, violin, and piano, and has the uncanny ability to learn new instruments with ease.
  2. He is a fantastic photographer.
  3. He taught me to love making frozen orange juice in a blender.
  4. He walks faster than anyone I know.
  5. He completely surprised me by falling in love with a silly little white dog.

Happy birthday, dad!

October 14th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm
Vincent Albanese (1918 – 1986)

Today would have been the 95th birthday of my Papa, Vincent Albanese. He was born on October 14th, 1918. He was incredibly handsome and my grandmother often compared him to Clark Gable. He fought in World War II as a member of Merrill’s Marauders and married Anna Sofia DiFolco when he returned. He became a […]

September 22nd, 2013 @ 5:13 am
Sixty-Five

Today would have been mom’s 65th birthday. My little sister took this photo of me hugging her just before Mother’s Day last year. I miss her so much that it hurts, a phrase that people use frequently but not literally. But I very literally feel an ache in my heart. The last time I saw […]

August 16th, 2013 @ 7:49 am
Friday Five: Memories

Kathleen A. GagneMonday was the first anniversary of the death of my mom. Here are five things I really miss about her:

  • the sound of her saying my name
  • desperate fear of every hurricane, tropical storm, earthquake, forest fire, volcano, etc.
  • singing together
  • the ticklebug
  • always — always — having someone to call who was guaranteed to be excited to hear my voice
August 12th, 2013 @ 8:10 am
Kathleen A. Gagne

My mom died one year ago today. It simultaneously feels like it was only yesterday and like it was a thousand years ago. I miss her so much that there is an actual ache in my heart. She died much too young. It was undeserved and unfair and unjust and I still rage inside that […]

April 7th, 2013 @ 6:27 am
Eight

Today makes it eight months since my mom died. She died on August 12th. I was sitting in the car in the parking lot of Centinela Feed on Pico, waiting with my son for my wife to get some cat food, when my phone rang. A nurse at Woodland Terrace named Ida Alvis — a […]

February 12th, 2013 @ 6:00 am
Six Months

Today marks the six month anniversary of my mother’s death. She died on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Not every month is the same length, though, of course. And should I consider “a month” to be “every four Sundays” or simply “the next 12th on the calendar”? It’s the sort of question she would call to […]