memow.

Today is the birthday of Dona Taylor Petsel, aka Memow. She’s a beautiful, wonderful grandma and mother, and she was a loyal and patient farm wife  (and yes, that’s different from being a regular wife, because it’s really hard). She still is a kickass dancer and loves to learn new things. She’s silly and funny in all the right ways, a little devious, passionate about what she believes, and a devoted friend. She also has an incredible tolerance for pain – she once slammed her tiny hand (she’s not even five feet tall) in a car door and barely batted an eye. My grandma does pilates, is probably too stubborn, believes in unconditional love, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I hope she knows how much we all love her.

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That's me with Memow, back in October.

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My grandparents in an undated photo. They were high school sweethearts.

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Today is also Veteran’s Day, and our chance to honor the women and men who have sacrificed for our country. Sadly,  nearly one-third of all adult homeless men are veterans.  Is this really the best we can do for those who served?

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