Minneapolis, Minnesota

Uncle Sam I ain’t, but I am a new uncle this 4th of July. A sister and brother-in-law are adopting J and R, two of his nephews, ages nine and 11. They arrived in the Midwest from their former home out East three days ago. Welcome to the family, boys!

My mother, a Yankee Doodle Grandma, turns 78 today.

For James Davies and me, today marks 25 years together.

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