Susan Barber – Celebration of Life

Posted by Les Becker on February 20, 2017 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, R.I.P. |

The Celebration of Life for Sue was held at The Water Tower Inn yesterday – I think Sue would’ve loved it. Hundreds of people laughed and cried together for a few hours; I think we all needed for this to happen. Harry Stewart, a close friend of Aub and Sue live-streamed it all and I’ve […]

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So, 2015 Sure Started Out Weird…

I’m not sure I even know where to begin… I was asleep when the ball dropped – woke up when the kids all called for rides home at the same time. It took me three trips, and I drive a mini-van. That’s a lot of drunken 20-somethings… That old saw about “how you ring in […]

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The Woman’s Curse…

Terry Becker waxes (not exactly poetically) about a scary womany subject. While both his wife and his ex-wife are in the room. Yeah.

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It’s Peaceful Only Once We Stop Moving…

Posted by Les Becker on September 30, 2010 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Photography |

Karen and I took a drive tonight out to Gros Cap, to watch the water, sit and visit, and relax a little…. Truthfully, it was only relaxing once I parked the van and turned off the engine. My sister is not the best passenger. It’s not that she tries to tell me how to drive […]



My Mom is a Biker-Chick…

Maude on her Hog

I drove down to Teeny-Tiny Town today, having had no sleep since… well, I’m not certain when, but I’ve been writing – really writing – for real writing, so No Sleep Disease isn’t exactly a bad thing. This time. On the way down, I saw a small plane tipped over on the four-lane median strip, […]

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The Chamber Pot

Posted by Les Becker on September 29, 2008 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Oh Mother...! |

The 1998 Version of My Aunt Blanche… No, really, let’s compare, shall we? If only to piss off my daughter – who tells me she’ll kill me if I post this, but then laughs out loud when she looks at this photo of herself, so I think I’m all good… Tell me that’s not eerie… […]

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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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Just Call Me “Patches”

Posted by Les Becker on January 21, 2008 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Real Life |

So, I swallowed a big lump of pride. I’m on Day 2 of “The Patch”. The fact that I stopped smoking successfully cold turkey in December of ’06 (lasted damned near 5 months, too!), and that it wasn’t that difficult at the time, doesn’t make me feel any less a hypocrite now, for not admitting […]


This Post Brought to You by Remote Control

Posted by Les Becker on October 8, 2007 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Photography, Photoshop |

This photo was taken last fall, and it took me forever to find the original. I have too many computers and too many disks and I finally found it in my now defunct Zooomr account. Since it was snapped during a free-for-all with an unfamiliar camera, I’m not taking any blame for less-than-perfect clarity. I […]


Really? The Law Applies to Us, Too?

Posted by Les Becker on September 30, 2007 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy |

Apparently, for my family, “close” counts, not only in horseshoes and hand grenades, but also in trespassing. For as long as I can remember, my family has had an odd fascination with the idea of being arrested, to the point that certain family members will actually make serious attempts to go to jail, just so […]


The Wedding Singer

Posted by Les Becker on September 21, 2007 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Kyla Becker, Music, Radio Les |

My Un-Brother, Ken and his new wife Sylvia made the trip to visit us from Fort MacMurray to show off their new wheels – bought by the insurance company that covered the damage done from the freak hailstorm that hit ten minutes after they said “I Do.” Now, if that ain’t God talkin’, I don’t […]


Almost Perfect…

Yeah, yeah, if it was all perfect what would I have to look forward to, blah, blah, blah. I wish I could remember the actual quote for that – it was killer. BUT, regardless, it really was an almost perfect day. And the one disappointment isn’t getting me down much, because it may yet happen, […]

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