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Dear Brother,
What is the situation with your mail these days? Are you getting it? I sent you a birthday card and gift card in a padded envelope and I hope that you got it. I meant to alert you that it was on its way but I have had limited use of the computer. My internet was down for several weeks, I think it was infected with a virus so I finally had the computer wiped.
I hope you had a nice birthday and a nice Thanksgiving to come.
Love, Your Sister
I guess I know who is getting AV for Christmas.

FOOTNOTE: Regarding the remark about mail: The late Dominic would from time-to-time, rip up the incoming mail. Then, he'd forget all about it and deny everything. You'd realize it later when things would turn up missing. Things like voter's registration cards, dog license tag renewals, bills for the city water, second notices for payment of the city water bill, etc.
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My mother's signature dessert had to be her Jell-O molds. She'd start with a your basic lime Jell-o mix, but she'd substitute a half-pound of Philadelphia cream cheese for a cup of the cold water. She'd then stir the Jell-O until the cream cheese had thoroughly dissolved, then add a can of well-drained pineapple chunks.

On year, she decided to be daring. Instead of using pineapple chunks, she decided to use fresh cranberries and chopped nuts. (I imagine she was trying to make a holiday wreath in Jell-O.)

As she mixed everything, the cranberries popped, releasing their purple juices into the bright green Jell-O. The Jell-O started to turn gray.

My mom was horrified. She asked me what she could do and I suggested that her only option was to add some food coloring. She chose green. It was a bad move.

The more green food color she stirred in, the more cranberries would pop. The Jell-O became grayer and grayer.

She stopped and thought for a minute. She had exhausted all the time she had to spend on this, and now had no time left. She had other things to do.

She put it the Jell-O mixture into the mold to set up.

When she served it, it was a perfect shade of Battleship Gray.


The next year, she used orange Jell-O in her recipe.
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A number of weeks ago, I received word through the family Internet grapevine that one of my aunts had cancer. I didn't respond. I didn't think a Hallmark "Get Well" card was gonna cover it, and I didn't know what to do.

Every few weeks, I'd get a report handed down to me. Arlene was going in for chemo. She's doing well, because she's a fighter. That sort of thing. It all sounded very encouraging. 

A few days ago, I got another report. Arlene is going to be taking hospice at home. 

Hospice? Isn't that where my dad went the last few days of his life?

What do you say? 
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Why is it that so many people are ready to believe that their doctor is in an evil cabal with the drug manufacturers and the FDA, but that any website selling "snake oil*" is the real deal?

*"Snake oil" is defined as any pill, tablet, capsule, suppliment, serum, lotion, cream, ointment, suppository, containing an exotic substance, which has not been subjected to any clinical trials and has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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