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My Brother Is No Longer In the World With Me

My brother, Benjamin Newton Kennefic “Ben” Orick, passed away on May 30, 2023, following a long illness. He was at his home in Saugerties, New York, with his wife, Kari Rice, by his side. I wrote this obituary 10 days ago but when Kari brought the idea of an obit up to Ben (when he…
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An Ode to Willis and His Sneakers

This ode to Willis and his sneakers is meant to be one part humor, two parts seriousness. Willis is my cousin by marriage. I have a first cousin named Nicole. She is the daughter of Tom and Kathie in upstate New York. Her great-grandmother (and Tom's grandmother) and my paternal grandmother were sisters.  Nicole's husband, Willis,…
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Rest in Peace Marcos Ratliff

Under the house of a family who was renting from our friend Olga lived a dog who was chained up. He was a skinny yellow Labrador. Over a six-month period we saw this guy go from healthy and who used every inch of his long chain to roam the space under the house to just giving…
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A Day in the Life of This Transplanted Utuadaño

What do: Los rotos (giant potholes) Road closure of the main road from my house to the town of Utuado A detour down an alternate road Me unable to back up the hill to allow a car to pass because I have zero depth perception The starter in my car dying Three men—one a client…
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Héctor’s Gonna Do What Héctor’s Gonna Do!

Twice daily we go hiking. Although many might assume because we work for ourselves that we don’t keep to a schedule, we are actually ruled by routine. Our day always starts out the same. The three roosters remind us why we no longer need an alarm clock. The time varies but they generally start the…
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Thirty-six and a Half Years

Yesterday I got some news that gave me great pause. A friend of mine named Steph Bader, told me this past week that after 36.5 years with her partner, she got married. My first thought was, "Why'd you wait so long?" My second was, "After that many years, why now?" These are, of course, the…
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