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10/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

October 29, 2013

Once again, three sisters are sharing bathrooms, clothes, books and endless cups of coffee.

The many years of love and loss and memories that have accumulated can disappear in a New York minute and it's almost like we hear our mother calling that the school bus is at the end of the driveway and we're still not ready.

We're each living in three different states -- Oregon, California and Arizona -- and have been for many years. We've raised and educated children who now have children of their own. We've said final goodbyes to family members and friends we'll miss forever. Our lives have taken different paths, but the love, loyalty and shared DNA are a permanent fixture in our world.

Because we miss each other and we could find good airline deals, Suzie and I are spending a golden week together at our sister Barbara's home in California. Not at all surprised that we all enjoy the same books, foods and activities, we're eager to share time with each other and put much of the rest of the world on hold. There's a moratorium on politics and religion, but it's open season on just about everything else.

This self-proclaimed news junkie has been able to walk away from the television and radio coverage. There's nothing on the face of this earth that could compete with our non-stop conversations -- our husbands can attest to that. The world is spinning along just fine without our contributions and as long as the good food, coffee and an occasional adult beverage holds out, we are content.


Thursday is Halloween, or, as it was once called, All Hallows Eve. Please watch out for little ghosts, goblins and super heroes as they navigate MI Town's streets on their yearly quest for goodies. Lots of good times and more treats than tricks are happening at the Monmouth Public Library.

"From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, And things that go bump in the night ... Good Lord, deliver us!" -- Taken from an old Scottish prayer.

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