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Rest in Peace, Teddy Corwin

Thaddeus “Teddy” Corwin. It’s kind of surprising that that’s the only photo I have of Teddy, considering I’ve known him since, like, 1989. And he sent or gave me that one. Teddy was 35 and died of Leukemia on November 23rd. Leukemia and no health insurance. I hadn’t seen him in a long while. Not…

Rest in Peace, Oliver D. Mason III

Even though he didn’t like it, I still think of him as Little Junie. The juniors in our family are called Junie. So if you’re a third, well … Little Junie. He is my cousin; my mother’s brother’s son. He was definitely different than a lot of the family in that he was outgoing and…

Rest in Peace, Felisa Rufina Young

Felisa was my stepmother.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer a few months ago and wasn’t responding to chemotherapy. Back in October of 2010, when my father passed away, I saw Felisa for the first time in about ten years at a small family meeting where my big sister was letting the family know…

LGN 40: Years Old

Inside: The mid-way check point; Stop the clock – Time out, ref; Where I’m failing miserably; Cheer up, emo dude; Underground Athlete Year 2 – Ready Player One The Average Lifespan The average lifespan for African American men is 70 years.  That’s about 6 years longer than my grandfather and father lived.  But let’s call…

Rest in Peace, Grandma

My sister left a message late last night. I saw/listened when I woke up this morning. I didn’t expect it to be good news but man. Grandma Young, my father’s mother passed away yesterday. The last two times I saw Grandma were at Aunt Norma’s funeral back in March and my dad’s funeral (and funeral…

Rest in Peace, Aunt Norma

This is going to be short.   But I wanted to say something. I hadn’t seen Aunt Norma for years until my dad  went to the emergency room, unresponsive, last August (2010). If you don’t have an Aunt Norma in your family, you missed out.  She was sweet — she’d address all of us kids…