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Month: December 2013

Chapter 1: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 1: Since I Last Saw You

 “And it’s going to be a day. There is really no way to say ‘no’ to the morning.” ~ Dan Fogelberg  Chapter 1 February 13, 2012 Ali was slow to wake this morning. The clock claimed it was 7:13 a.m., but the room was still dark. Why, she wondered, were the shades drawn? She always left them open when she went to bed so she would wake with the morning sun. Isaac had long ago acquiesced to her preference for morning…

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Free First-Time Homebuyer Classes

Free First-Time Homebuyer Classes

Are you thinking of buying your first home? The Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) has resources to assist you. One of those resources is a free class, which I co-teach with lender Brian Nielson of Guild Mortgage. Here are the details of an upcoming class: Saturday 01/25/2014 12:30pm to 5:30pm Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle Brian Nielson, Guild Mortgage, Seattle, and Alice Kuder, Berkshire Hathaway NW Real Estate, Seattle. For reservations call 206.735.7508 or email bnielson@guildmortgage.net. For more…

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Chapter 6: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 6: Since I Last Saw You

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln  Chapter 6 16 February 2012 The funeral is tomorrow . . . is it considered one funeral or two when two people are being eulogized and buried? As if it really matters. My mind seems to conjure up all sorts of silly, inconsequential thoughts and questions like that these days. Then again, everything seems silly and inconsequential without Isaac and Zoe. 17…

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Chapter 21: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 21: Since I Last Saw You

“It’s the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter.” ~ Marlene Dietrich  Chapter 21 February 8, 2012 “Divorce? She said she wants a divorce?” Jackie was caught off-guard. “Shhh! Can you keep your voice down? I know we’re in a public place, but I’d like this to be a private conversation,” Isaac admonished his big sister mildly. As they made their way to a table with their lattes, Jackie couldn’t help but think how unusual it was…

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Chapter 15: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 15: Since I Last Saw You

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ Theodore Hesburgh  Chapter 15 August 30, 2008 “Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!” Zoe squealed with delight as she and Isaac dropped to the floor. “I won, daddy! I won!” “You sure did, Honey Bear . . . again!” Ali felt her heart contract with intense joy as she looked up from the bunny-shaped cake…

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Chapter 5: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 5: Since I Last Saw You

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu Chapter 5 February 13, 2012 Ali opened the door and practically fainted into her mother’s outstretched arms. To her own surprise, Ali immediately broke into tears, which turned into sobs that coursed through her whole body. The two women stood in the doorway, silently embracing, then together slowly sank to the doorstep. Still, Ali’s sobbing continued. It broke Peggy’s heart to know…

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Chapter 10: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 10: Since I Last Saw You

“Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.” ~ Vietnamese Proverb  Chapter 10 1991 and 1983 “Isaac, you’re barely twenty-three, you just moved to Washington, and you’ve got a promising new job. Why would you choose now to start jumping out of perfectly good airplanes?” Jackie teased her younger brother. She knew very well that Isaac loved any activity that spiked his adrenaline level. He always had. In this regard, they were total opposites. Jackie was fearful of any…

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Chapter 2: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 2: Since I Last Saw You

“Childhood is a short season.” ~ Helen Hayes Chapter 2 1976-1982 “It’s Lassie! Mommy, Daddy, look! Gramma and Grandpa Donker sent me a Lassie dog for my birthday, just like the one on TV!” Six-year-old Ali was beside herself with joy! Jumping up and down while clutching the stuffed animal to her chest, she declared, “Oh, I love you, Lassie!” “That’s wonderful, Sweetheart! She’s just beautiful,” said her mother. “Gramma and Grandpa really wanted to be here, Honey, but they…

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Chapter 26: Since I Last Saw You

Chapter 26: Since I Last Saw You

“You can kid the world, but not your sister.” ~ Charlotte Gray  Chapter 26 February 16-March 2, 2013 “Lincoln, Nebraska? Who do you know in Lincoln, Nebraska?” Chloe Skyped from her laptop to Ali’s. “Not a soul. I just needed to choose a stopover between Rapid City, South Dakota, and Dixon, Illinois, and when I looked at a map, Lincoln popped out at me,” said Ali. “Is it my imagination, or is there an unexpected theme developing for this trip?…

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