July 26th, 2013 @ 7:05 am

I do not know the exact date this photo was taken. I’m guessing it had to be sometime in 1974, because mom doesn’t look to be very pregnant with my little sister yet. It might be Daytona Beach but it might be some beach in Rhode Island; there’s no way for me to know. (I’d […]

Seton Hill Alumni Relations
March 26th, 2013 @ 8:51 am

This morning I received a response from the Director of Alumni Relations at Seton Hill University.   David, I am very sorry to learn of the recent death of your mother. I apologize for the delay in my response but thank you for your inquiry regarding information about your mother’s attendance at Seton Hill. I […]

Seton Hill
March 16th, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania has — sadly — been in the news all day today. 1 It’s a strange coincidence, because for my whole life I thought mom had attended Seton Hall University. 2 It was only a few days ago that I found a few ancient copies of her student newspaper, The Setonian, […]

RE: Kathleen A. Gagne
January 4th, 2013 @ 11:52 am

In early January of 2013, attorney Kelly Mathis responded to my question about how to notify attorney Steve Phillips that I was dissatisfied with his services:   From: Mathis, Kelly To: Gagne, David Cc: Bechtold, Jill Subject: RE: Kathleen A. Gagne Sent: January 4, 2013 11:52 AM PT David, Simply notify Mr. Phillips that his […]

December 25th, 2012 @ 6:00 am

I wrote a little something about Christmas in our family on my personal website. I am so, so heartbroken this holiday, our first without mom. She should have gotten to enjoy being a grandmother and she should have gotten to have many, many more Christmases and it’s just not fair. I miss her so much. […]

December 17th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

Mom had incredible penmanship. (Her mother did, too, and I’ve tried to mimic their style my entire life.) She wrote me so frequently that I have — literally — boxes of cards and letters from her. She sent me a card on every holiday. She even sent me cards on Jewish holidays just to be […]

Voice Mail
September 24th, 2012 @ 9:27 am

Late in the evening of September 23rd, I submitted a help ticket via the AT&T website: My mother died on August 12, 2012. She was hospitalized in late November 2011. Prior to November 2011, I had many, many, many voice mails from my mother. She would call and leave me voice messages all the time. […]

Les R. Koodoo
September 17th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

At some point towards the end of March 2001, I purchased a coffee mug for my mom as a joke. In late July of 2000, a friend of mine 1 had written a blog post titled The Best Damn Kudu He Can Be. Here is the original post:   My favorite animal at the Zoo […]

Sister Carol Mary Morrison (Update)
September 14th, 2012 @ 4:10 am

A long-time friend of my mother’s sent me this email in regards to yesterday’s post about Sister Carol Mary Morrison: Dear David, Sister Carol Mary Morrison was one of 12 women, 4 being nuns, who lived at the House of Faith, part of St. Patrick’s parish in Providence. The actual house, the former convent, was […]

Sister Carol Mary Morrison
September 13th, 2012 @ 2:58 am

While I was going through my mom’s old Yahoo! email account I found several messages to someone named Carol Mary. She was clearly someone important to my mom, although the name only vaguely and barely rung a bell. I sent an email to her on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm. I wrote: Hello, […]