New Year arrives dramatically

Me and Mom, some years back.

Shortly after midnight, Mom left this world, without lingering or being in pain, as she had hoped. We are okay, and thanks for your concern.

As a consequence, John and I spent the day with our friend I-75.

To further remind us of her power, Mother Nature welcomed us to MI with blowing snow. Thank you, Lake Effect.

Even so, the lessons of our Midwestern teenage-driverhood refreshed quickly, and we made it (thanks to superb piloting by The Guru) past icy stretches that sent two vehicles—that we saw—into the ditch.

And the new year begins….


  1. Maureen Meyers says:

    Love this picture! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So glad she went easily/peacefully, as she wanted. And she lived a full life. Sending you peace and strength for the next few days. On the way home our house is open, of course.

  2. kayak woman says:

    Sam, I am so glad she didn’t have to linger. That part is the worst. I was worried about you guys driving yesterday because of the snow here. I mean, I know you can handle it, just that it isn’t any fun… Love you and have many fond memories of Manette.

  3. Pooh says:

    Sam, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, even if your Mom did pass the way she wanted. The picture certainly shows a family resemblence! You and your family are in our thoughts.

  4. Marquis says:

    Sam, we offer you our deepest sympathies, at the loss of your mother. I know how painful and unexpected (no matter how prepared you may feel) the passing of a parent can be. It always comes as a shock. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Sammy says:

    You all are so kind. We truly are doing okay, everything considered. The initial rawness has been a bit buffered already, and I can tell that some loss will always be with me. It comes and goes, however. I’m sure this is everyone’s experience. Thanks, everyone, on behalf of my family and myself, for your kind, sensitive, and thoughtful comments, emails, and calls.

  6. DMK says:

    Sammy, you look so much like your Mom – wonderful picture – D

  7. Jay says:

    Sam & John,
    So sorry. And even before I read the post, I was going to comment on the picture. You are in both people. Really. Amazing. And I suppose it is more correct to say you mother is in both people. Love to all, say hi to Gordy and your Dad.