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The Bear Hunter

Posted by Les Becker on December 21, 2008 in The Father Chronicles |
Bear Claw

I found this bear claw in a box full of little trinkets and treasures in my father’s closet nearly a year ago. It was in the same box with his pocket watch, along with some other neat stuff. This was during my Walk-About days, when I would hoof it all the way across town once […]

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Aunt Blanche

Posted by Les Becker on August 21, 2008 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Oh Mother...! |

Aunt Blanche was my mother’s older sister. She was the first born – and she wasn’t very old before my grandmother realized she was a little, well, different. I suppose the proper, “politically correct” term to describe Blanche would be mentally challenged. She never went to school, never held a job, and never married. I […]

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Great Aunt Emma

Posted by Les Becker on October 22, 2007 in Oh Mother...! |

I must apologize to the memory of my Great Aunt Emma, for this horrible photo of her painting. It’s a water-colour, framed behind glass, hanging in an awkward niche in my parents’ small space. To get the shot at all, I had to jam myself between the fake gas fireplace and the stereo stand, straddling […]

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Jimmy Prentice & the Radio

Posted by Les Becker on October 15, 2007 in Oh Mother...! |

Philco Radio, 1941 Jimmy Prentice was somewhat of a local oddball, to hear my parents talk. I don’t know if he actually had a home, or not. My mother talks about how sometimes, just before dinner was set to be “lifted”, Gramma would be looking out the kitchen window, and say, “Better put another plate […]

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Don’t Say “Tapioca” to Ruby.

Posted by Les Becker on October 14, 2007 in The Landlady |

After my Saturday Walk-About to my parents’, I trotted back chock full of stories: “Aunt Blanche” stories… “Jimmy Prentice” stories… stories, stories, stories. I think my parents may be jealous of the “Ruby” stories getting all the blog-time around here, because I get one memory after another now, without even asking. I was all set […]

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