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The Grocery Bag – A Mother’s Day Prelude

Photo of my mother and I in the 70's
My mother and I in the mid-70’s. (This was taken two days before I left for Marine Corps bootcamp.)

I’m writing this on May 1st, even though Mother’s Day isn’t until the 13th.  However, I won’t post it until Mother’s Day.  I wanted to write this today to better capture the way I feel inside at this particular moment in my life.

This will be the first Mother’s Day of my life when I don’t have a mother sharing planet earth with me.  My mother passed on February 8th, a few months ago.  She had been living with my wife and I for the previous five and a half years.  Her death was not entirely unexpected – she had health issues – but there’s just never a good time to say goodbye to your only parent.

The Grocery Bag

photo of my mother in the 90's
My mother in the 90’s.

I knew my mother kept a grocery bag in her room filled with greeting cards that she either forgot to send or just bought ahead of time.  Until today, I had completely forgotten about that.

A short time ago, I was sitting at my desk and my wife came in carrying a worn grocery bag.  She started telling me it came from mom’s room.  I thought she was going to ask me if I wanted to keep any of it, so I started telling her she (my wife) could use them if she needed them.  But then my wife said something utterly unexpected.
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Live and Love in Two Hours

How long is two hours?  Do you think you could live and love in two hours?  Probably not.  After all, what can you do in two hours?  You can watch four I Love Lucy reruns.  Or you can read a few chapters in a book.  You can drink several cups of coffee, and maybe even get rid of them, depending on your system.  Maybe you can make yourself a meal or a snack that you don’t really want, and eat it anyway, and then still feel empty afterwards.  After thinking about it, there’s really a good number of things you do in two hours.  But there is one thing that I never before thought about doing in two hours:  watching someone die. Continue reading Live and Love in Two Hours

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The New Amazon Delivery Tracking – How Cool is That?

Do you Amazon?  The new Amazon delivery tracking just blew me away yesterday!  Have you seen it?  I was getting an Amazon package delivered yesterday, and I knew it was out for delivery, but when I checked on it in my iPhone app, what I saw made me giggle like a kid with a new toy! Continue reading The New Amazon Delivery Tracking – How Cool is That?

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Welcome and Happy Easter!

It’s alive! It’s alive!

Hello!  Welcome and Happy Easter!

Well, after months of being deep in the bowels of PHP, CluelessGent.com is finally live!

I was hoping to have more content available for opening day, but that just didn’t happen.  However, as you will see by browsing the pages on the site, I have plans for much expansion.

I want to highlight my plans of showcasing Texas authors.  I have a fondness for all things Texas (except executions, but let’s not go there!), and I will use this site to selfishly show them off.

Please leave me a comment with your initial opinion of the site.  It may not look like much at the moment, but a lot of work went into it.

Have a Happy Easter, and thank you for visiting!

Best regards,

-Michael (aka The Clueless Gent)