Sunday, November 29, 2009
"Her doors and house were always open to those who were hungry or who had no place to stay. People from as far away as China, Germany, Italy, and Russia have graced her table and knew of her hospitality. Thursday nights were her most favorite time for family and friends to gather as she hosted her spaghetti and meatball dinners with multiple home made desserts."
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
n. An obituary composed or published prior to a person's death; a prediction of failure, particularly of a political candidate. Also: pre-bituary."
Hat tip to Thom Forbes for this one. Just this morning, thinking on this, I coined a word: Autobituary. When you write your own obituary. Like?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
His family would like to thank the Groton Senior Center and Shoreline Day Care for their kindness through the years and to all the people who listened to his "European" joke, thank you.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
September 10, 1939
November 14, 2009
He loved and was loved."
(Thanks to Nina Murphy, who found this in the Daily Breeze in Southern California.)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"Beginning in the late 1960s, she became increasingly involved in various progressive causes, first and foremost, feminism, but she was also strongly committed to civil rights, peace and environmental causes as well. Among other things, she wrote a column on feminism during the 1970s for a New London Submarine Base newsletter, and taught adult education on the same topic at Robert E. Fitch Senior High School of Groton as well. She was deeply involved in the 1968 presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy. After her divorce, she decided to adopt the Bonney surname as a symbol of her commitment to feminist principles; it was the maiden name of her much-loved paternal grandmother, after whom she had been named, Winifred Bonney Davis, a suffragette.
"Ms. Bonney had several careers. Before her first marriage, she taught third grade in Pensacola, Fla. During her children's younger years, she was a stay-at-home mother. After her divorce, from 1976 to 1999, she worked as an editor for the Bureau of Business Practice, a division of Prentice-Hall. She held several positions in the local government of Groton. She also served on the Old Lyme Wetlands Commission from 1995 to 1998.
"For the remaining four decades of her life, she continued to be a fearless and passionate advocate of her views regarding the political and social issues of her day; indeed, despite declining health over the last decade, she remained deeply involved in, and vocal about, the many issues about which she fervently cared. She was a gifted writer and editor, a voracious reader, as well as a lover of crossword puzzles and double acrostics. She was also an artist and craftsperson (oil painting and knitting) and deeply interested in the arts. Moreover, she was a great animal lover. Her many pets over the years included many dogs, cats, birds, and tropical fish, and one white rat. In addition, she also was an avid traveler, visiting Europe and Israel in her thirties; she and Mr. Chester also travelled widely, visiting among other countries Sweden, Belize, Mexico, England, Wales, Italy, and Egypt."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"Edna was blessed with a sharp wit and keen sense of humor into her final days and often joked that she would gladly trade in all her pills for just one Brandy Alexander. She enjoyed romance novels, Wind Song perfume, and scratch-off tickets, and provided an endless supply of Mentos to her friends and loved ones."
Friday, November 13, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009
"As he grew to young manhood, so did his love for everything physical and anything outdoors. A parade of outdoor sporting gear--bikes, skateboards, wake boards, snow boards--seemed constantly to attach and re-attach itself to his feet. He was Austin-grown, through and through, a perfect fit for this city and its surrounding terrain. He did nothing at half-speed, knew no half-measures and disdained moderation in all things."
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"Whether it was piling the neighborhood children into a car for a day at the beach, taking power walks through town, or quietly practicing Tai Chi, Dorothy used the time given her with grace, good humor and indomitable spirit."