A Polaroid
August 8th, 2013 @ 9:21 am

I found this Polaroid of mom, but there is no date on it. My first guess is that it’s from her days working at Cox Communications in Gainesville, FL. But who was using a Polaroid camera in the 90s? I’d say it might be from when she worked at InterLink Paging / Arch Communications, but […]

Employee Records
September 5th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

About a month after she died, I sent the following email to one of the places mom worked when I was a kid:   From: Gagne, David To: Morris, Patty Subject: Employee Records Sent: September 5, 2012 11:22 AM Pacific Dear Ms. Morris, I found your email address listed as the contact reference for the […]

Holly Hill Police Department
September 5th, 2012 @ 10:56 am

I sent the following email to Donna Amaya of the Holly Hill Police Department on September 5th, 2012 at 10:56 am: Dear Ms. Amaya, I found your email address listed as the contact reference for the “Records Division” on the Holly Hill Police Department website. My mother, Kathleen Anne Albanese Gagne, was a dispatcher for […]

Assorted Facts
August 24th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

While my little sister was working on writing mom’s obituary, she brainstormed and put together a list of assorted facts about her. She emailed me this: She was part of the second generation of her family to be born in the United States. She was born in Providence, RI, to Anne and Vincent Albanese on […]

August 23rd, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

I posted mom’s “official” obituary today. My little sister wrote it and submitted it to the Daytona Beach News-Journal (to <paidnotices@news-jrnl.com>) this afternoon. Link to Obituary Until just a few minutes ago, I had completely forgotten that mom worked for the News-Journal at one time. She was a copy editor there, if I recall correctly. […]

People Can Change
February 4th, 2010 @ 5:07 am

I found an email that mom sent to my sister regarding me. The subject line was “Jen, Have you talked to David lately?” Mom wrote: Dear Jen, David told me yesterday that he was going to divert all of my mail to his address. He really has no right to do so. I know he’s […]

January 27th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

I found this email in my mom’s “Drafts” folder. It’s an email she never sent to me, from late January of 2010: David, We/I only have until February 2 to declare whether I stay in this unit or try to find a smaller place to live in. I honestly don’t think that I can move […]

I Just Want to Hear Your Voice
July 9th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

An instant messenger conversation I had with mom: 4:41:57 PM Gagne, Kathleen: hi 4:42:06 PM David: hello 4:42:30 PM Gagne, Kathleen: please call me when you are on your way home. it’s important. 4:42:36 PM David: what’s up? 4:43:16 PM Gagne, Kathleen: it’s about my house. there is no way i can keep it. i […]

May 20th, 2009 @ 9:20 am

About a year after being laid off from her job at Americorps, mom applied for a position at Enterprise, the car rental company. I remember that they called her for an interview, and when I talked to her about it she felt like it went well. But she didn’t get the job and was very […]

Boys and Girls Club
January 16th, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  January 16, 2009 Boys and Girls Clubs of Alachua County, Inc. Administration Office Post Office Box 532 Gainesville, Florida 32602 Dear Administrator: I would like to ask if you have any open positions at the Boys and Girls clubs in Alachua County. For the last 6.5 years, I have been the Program Director for […]