Category Archives: My Dad

The Places We Call Home

I spent most of Tuesday down in Orange County, first in Long Beach and then later in Laguna Beach to be part of the Pen on Fire Literary Salon, which was just fantastic. (Side note: I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know the two other writers I was a panelist […]

My Father, Gerald Robert Smith

My father died eight years ago today. Rather than focus on his death, I thought I’d concentrate on his life. Below is an excerpt from Chapter Two of my forthcoming book, in which I go into detail about the interesting man he was. My father, Gerald Robert Smith, was born in 1920 in Michigan. One […]

On Finishing My Tenure With Hospice, After Almost 4 Years

The biggest difference between my parent's deaths was the circumstances surrounding them. My mother died in a hospital in D.C. at 3 in the morning. Her sister was with her, but my father and I were not. She had been in that hospital for 6 weeks, undergoing experimental surgeries for "last hope" patients. Two months […]