Thanks for the memories …

This is a photo of my mother and her identical twin sister.  My mother’s the one on the left.  There’s no date on the back so I MomAnnettehave no idea how old they were.  I’m going to say 20 or 21.  They’d be 93 if they were still alive.

Ironically they both died in the month of February, although my aunt preceded my mother by several years. She died February 3, 2000.  And this coming Thursday, February 26, my mother will have been gone eight years.

Can’t believe how quickly the time’s passed.

But this isn’t a post about sadness and loss.  That’s not the right way to remember my mother; or my aunt, for that matter.  They were way too full of life to dwell on anything but what characters they were.  And what joy they brought.

They were so much alike — and not just in looks — it was freaky.  Especially for me, an only Continue reading

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Day 64. One Year

“Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us.  I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple.  No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself.  Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.  We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.”  Tim Cook, Apple CEO, October 5, 2012

Somehow, it seemed fitting that I follow yesterday’s post about discovering ‘who’ someone is through an obituary notice, with a story about Steve Jobs, who passed one year ago.  Actually it was a year last Friday, October 5.

I was shocked when I turned my computer on, this past Friday morning, and clicked on Safari.  The website homepage I was looking at was totally blank, with the exception of an empty video screen. Within seconds a wonderful, short memorial film about Steve Jobs started to play.  A message from Tim Cook, the current Apple CEO followed the video tribute.  You can read part of it, at the top of this post.

A year!  It doesn’t seem possible.  And yet it is.  And I was just as shocked a year ago to hear that he had died.  Strangely enough, I found out the same way.  By turning on my computer.  My Apple computer.  Clicking on Safari, and seeing the message, and the tributes on the homepage.

Although why I was shocked, I don’t know.   Continue reading