Arrivederci, Mama

I Love You, MomBecause of the machines hooked into her, she couldn’t talk.

When I was growing up, there were no cell phones, no email, not even a pager.

If my mom or dad need to get in touch with me, they stood on the porch and hollered. My mom would use my middle name along with my first (Michael Gordon!).

Unable to visit my mom in these last days, I was able to send a video message to her via email to my brother. He played it for her on his iPhone.

My brother said she smiled. Too bad she couldn’t laugh.

She had an out-loud laugh that filled a room and created smiles. I’ve missed her laugh. Will always remember her laughing.

She really loved music. I inherited eclectic musical ears from my mom. She listened to everything:

  • Elvis Presley
  • Three Dog Night
  • Dean Martin
  • The Beach Boys
  • Kingston Trio
  • Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
  • Bobby Goldsboro

She once armed my brother John and I with tennis rackets as “guitars” and we rocked out to Crocodile Rock – karaoke before it was invented.

Maybe there’s a Rock and Roll Heaven. If so, they’ve now got one heck of a fan. She passed away this afternoon with peace on her face.

Arrivederci, Linda Jean. I love you, Mom!

Until I Found One

Angela Sansone: HeroI never believed much in heroes
Except for the fictional kind
They’re great in books and movies
Never thought in real life I’d find

One who would be honest and true
Able to get serious and also have fun
Loving me in every failure and all falls
Loving others with an Audience of One

Knowing our union is of God above
It’s with great confidence and care
I keep plowed the road in front of you clean
So with others you can be shared

Know I love you
More than any previous day
If there’s anything you need or desire
We will find a way.

I love you, Angela!  Happy Anniversary :-)


Articulating What (I Think) I Know

I Think. I Articulate. I Know.

At times, this three-step mental dance is a short exercise. Other times, it’s a lifelong journey – with the farthest way about being the closest way home. I know what I know once I articulate it in some form. And if I don’t know, let’s find out.

A short time ago, I believed personal interests could be shared on a business blog (mine is at ConverStations). I articulated such many times on that site. This no longer holds true for me. Yet I long to articulate certain things somewhere beside a Facebook page. This new site may become that place. I dunno – let’s find out.

While I will continue writing about Small Business, Social Media, and Web Presence on ConverStations, the thoughts shared here – these Armchair Articulations – will cover areas of interest, snapshots of interesting things I find, and questions or curiosities capturing my imaginations. Topics here include (at this writing):

  • Food: I love to cook and am recently (by choice) gluten-free. I experiment with food a lot these days and will share successes and failures.
  • Baseball: I love baseball. There are so many life lessons in the game. I may share thoughts on the theater between the lines on occasion (I don’t care much for the tabloid part of the game).
  • People: I love people. I don’t like labels, yet I recognize patterns … and wonder. I might think aloud on people from time to time.
  • Christ: I love my Lord. I don’t say it enough. I’ve not felt the arena of my business site was a platform for such sharing. This site can be – and I pray it will be.

I may share movie clips, poetry, song, and a lot of goodness around and about my wife. Though I rarely talk about civic matters, I may drop a thought here occasionally. I probably will experiment with design matters to this theme or placement of plugins now and again.

If this stuff bores you, thanks for stopping by once. If you share an interest, I look forward to engaging and sharing with you.

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