Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hot times in Toledo!

"Connie" to the thousands who knew her - was born to Gilbert Henry Morman and Norma Elizabeth Beutler in the 107-degree heat of July 15, 1934: an occasion of which her mother would remind her annually on her birthday. It was high noon when she came into the world, and the entire town of Ottawa, Ohio, knew of her arrival, because they could smell the ether wafting down the street as they walked home from St. Peter & Paul Church a half-mile away.

Okay, not sure I understand about the smell of ether at a birth ... but here's a new idea: two photos, one when young and one when ... ripe.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


He once told of a hiking trip that included a pack of porcupines stalking him until he shared his food with them. When he tried to touch a young porcupine, it was clear that he had overstepped his boundaries with the pack.

H/T to Cindi Bowden!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Don't judge a Marine by his cover

Michael served his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Mystic Rod and Gun Club and the Teamsters. He was an avid cake baker and enjoyed sharing his cakes with family and friends.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

And you thought YOU operated on a petty level ...

WINTHROP ADAMS CLARK sailed away September 12, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.

Another great euphemism for dying. There are so many ways to go. But what I liked particularly about this obit, and which was pointed out to me by its contributor, is the part about Win's service in the U.S. Navy during which he sailed to Guam and ...

Find out here!

H/T to Peter Elikann!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Musta been one big radio ...

She used to tap dance on the radio and danced every chance she could throughout her entire life.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Zapping the bird -- also new and interesting!

A few times Leon brought moose meat to his family in California, and it was a new and interesting experience for everyone brave enough to try it. He also enjoyed cooking and was known to pressure-cook whole turkeys at Thanksgiving. In later years, he used the microwave.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

LOL, Margalit Fox! Most clever ...

Among the sins that set Mr. Newman’s teeth articulately on edge were these: all jargon; idiosyncratic spellings like “Amtrak” and a great many others; the non-adverbial use of “hopefully” (he was said to have had a sign in his office reading, “Abandon ‘Hopefully’ All Ye Who Enter Here”); “y’know” as a conversational stopgap; a passel of prefixes and suffixes (“de-,” “non-,” “un-,” “-ize,” “-wise” and “-ee”); and using a preposition to end a sentence with.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

He lost to his friend, Isadore Demsky, now known as Kirk Douglas.

Dex remained vibrant and active into his 90s, continuing to drive, maintain his summer camp, and mix a gorgeous vodka martini.

H/T to Thom Sayers!

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Oh yeah, also please decriminalize marijuana."

My love affair with life finally came to an end on August 27, 2010. ... I had the pleasure of being single throughout the 1980’s, during which I had many adventures -- most too bizarre to recount here.

Don't miss this one!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Funeral and extraction services will be held ...

He is survived by the Whirlpool Refrigerator of 7 years and GE Stove and Oven of 2 years. He will be missed.

One of the all-time best pastimes: Napping ...

He was a very loving and kind dad. He was our favorite dad. He enjoyed vacations, and he enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. His favorite pastime was taking a nap or smoking a cigarette.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sounds like the second time was a charm ...

During his marriage to Maxine, they lived life intensely, traveled throughout the world, and he perfected downhill skiing. Michael was an avid ping pong player, and a persistent jogger. He loved the roar of loud motorcycles, the faster the better! Michael also cut quite an elegant figure on a dance floor.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

And ... she's off!

She peacefully and without regrets began her next great adventure while in the loving embrace of her children and grandchildren, maintaining her sense of humor and penchant for the unexpected to her last breath.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

You can feel the love in these words

She spoiled her husband and children to pieces.