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Covid companions

   Carol and I joined the Omicron club this week. Her symptoms began a day or two before mine, and then we both tested positive for Covid. With all the grit and resilience of a Yonkers girl, Carol accepted her fate, making a pot of chicken soup (out of what was supposed to be chicken […]

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Carol Madigan’s Diary January 17, 2022

   Dear Diary,    Well, I got a pretty good peak behind the curtain at how things would have gone in the house while I was away. (I postponed the planned spa weekend in Arizona that I’d won in a Covid vaccination contest sponsored by my health insurer, as a result of developing some last […]

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Madigans unbound

   The main phalanx of Madigans rolled into the local burger joint like the first Roosevelt Administration, a collection of siblings, cousins, neighbors and parents to celebrate a boy’s 9th birthday. The pool table was the first casualty, cues and balls used in ways never intended by the rules of the game. I was on […]

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Love in the time of narcissism

   I was in my 70th year when I asked Carol Madigan to meet me in person, after only a few weeks of exchanging wise cracks via Facebook PM. At this point I was smitten by someone simultaneously wielding a sweet disposition and a Yonkers cutting wit. I was in over my head once again, […]

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Carol Madigan’s Diary, September 2, 2021

 Dear Diary, Reid wants to be cremated and his ashes flushed down the toilet. I really do wish this was some dream I had after eating pizza late. At first, I thought he was just being “Adolescent Reid,” you know, the Reid that never wants to get his haircut, eat vegetables or change his clothes. […]

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The sandpiper and the sea urchin

      You would think a beach getaway would be the occasion when Carol’s active energy would more closely match my own low wattage level of output. At home, you could attach some wires to Carol as she goes about a typical day, and generate enough power to run a dishwasher or washer/dryer combo – machines […]

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Family fusion II: One degree of separation

Photo credit: Pete Deutschman     One thing was clear from the beginning. There’d be no kids sitting in the back seat of cars eating cold hot dogs, while the parents up front argued who’d started the fight. Even my obliviousness to facilitating the introductions was taken for granted, and everyone knew everyone else before I […]

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Carol and Reid

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Thank you for your service

Photo credit: Lovisa Photo   When Carol returned from shopping the other day, she saw that I had made the bed with fresh sheets from the dryer. “Thank you for making the bed,” she said, giving me a kiss. I thought, What’s up with this? She makes the bed every day of the week, and I’ve […]

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Family fusion

   So the least sociable of both the Madigan and Champagne families is the one who decided to resurrect the reception celebrating our wedding that covid had canceled last July.   Why didn’t I let this sleeping dog lie? While it’s true that nobody can outperform the Madigans when it comes to creating social events […]

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Carol Madigan’s diary

Photo credit: Carol Madigan July 19, 2021 Dear Diary,     Well, Reid truly surprised me this time. In the weeks since he first said “We’re going to Iceland,” I was so expecting him to suddenly look up from the book he was ignoring me with and say, “I said what and we’re going where?” Like […]

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