San Francisco

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Family and I took the opportunity to visit my sister in Mountain View, Calif. as a chance to also visit San Francisco and Monterey.

Photos on Facebook here.

SACM and I rented bicycles for a wonderful tour of SF, including, predictably but wonderfully, over the Golden Gate Bridge to Monterey, and all the way back to the Mission and the StrEAT Market.

We did the cable cars and Uber to a boat out in the Bay (dramamine actually worked for me!). Saw the Condor Club and Chinatown and Ghiradeli Square and all that, after we started down to Monterey for the aquarium and beach-going.

Christmas 2012

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After a Friday evening Story Shuffle and Christmas party, I spent Christmas Eve with SACM’s family and took a bus and LIRR to family for Christmas day.

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Give a Eulogy

The maternal side of my family, including my grandmother, in the middle, whose house we were emptying in this photograph from summer 2006. My grandmother died last week, and I was privileged, though saddened, to eulogize her at her wake.

The maternal side of my family, including my grandmother, in the middle, whose house we were emptying in this photograph from summer 2006. My grandmother died last week, and I was privileged, though saddened, to eulogize her at her wake.

I don’t think I was ever naive enough to believe all the experiences I wanted to have were pleasant ones.

Today I eulogized my maternal grandmother, who died last Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the young age of 74.

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Dolan Paper Memories

A collection of photos, ID cards and newspaper clippings from the Dolan family, as seen on Jan. 31, 2009.

Rifle Firing

With old friend Jeff Issler on Dec. 27, 2007 after getting a full tutorial on cleaning, firing and maintenance from him.

With old friend Jeff Issler on Dec. 27, 2007 after getting a full tutorial on cleaning, firing and maintenance from him.

There are a handful of experiences I should have gotten during my childhood growing up in Sussex County, a surprisingly rural part of northwest New Jersey.

One is being knowledgeable and comfortable with firearms: the best way to secure safety in a society with them. In June 2007, I inherited four .22 caliber rifles from grandfather, who died a few months earlier. They are very small firearms, as anyone with even knowledge as basic as mine will tell you, but it made sense that I finally get a full lesson on all of the important lessons: maintenance and use.

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Firearm Ownership

Cleaning my the four .22 rifles I inherited from my grandfather.

Cleaning my the four .22 rifles I inherited from my grandfather.

I wanted to own a firearm enough that it was on my original list of 26.

I was no gun zealot, like many young boys. I didn’t even have much experience with firearms, considering where I grew up. So, the desire to be a firearm owner wasn’t part of a healthy family tradition, nor was it a less healthy, although phase-based, violence obsession.

I suppose I instead understood early that it was important for me to experience and be comfortable with a potentially dangerous, but popular, healthy part of the American tradition.

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Rain Forest

El Yunque

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