Author Archives: Joe Neely

Our Mother Stole Relish Packets

Tom Writes . . .  More About Our Beloved Mother, Who Died  She used to steal stuff. She went through a phase, maybe twenty or fifteen years ago, when she used to grab packets of condiments from every restaurant. Packets … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day on the Grand

Joe Writes . . .  Tom and I began the year on the Grand River: not paddling, but hiking. Along with our spouses, we spent New Year’s Eve at our sister’s home in Ferrysburg on Grand Haven’s North Shore. The … Continue reading

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An Angelic Christmas, Circa 1932

Our mother died in June of this year, a few months short of her 93rd birthday. I loved her deeply – we all did, her entire family – but I haven’t grieved her much. Not yet. She was in so … Continue reading

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It’s When You Don’t Expect It: a reflection on gratitude

(What better time to contemplate gratitude than the week of Thanksgiving? This was written by our sister, Amy Wisner. It was originally posted on http://www.caringbridge.org, where Amy keeps everyone informed on her husband Brian’s progress as he battles cancer. This … Continue reading

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The Speech I Meant to Give

November 3, 2018 Joe Writes . . .  Last night there was a great event – Ignite Ann Arbor 11 – at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. My speech didn’t go as planned but I am … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain on the Grand

Joe Writes . . .  Forgive us both for not writing of late. There has been a lot going on in our lives, and with winter approaching I am turning my attention to renovating a house near Dexter. Once finished … Continue reading

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Poetry on the Grand River

Not just any old conversation will do . . .

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