3-7 July 2017: a celebration of life

view from our room – Hilton.

We rested/recovered on Monday and Tuesday 3-4 July, and then on the 5th we travelled to Minneapolis to participate in a memorial service for my brother Richard.

After we arrived and checked in – I spoke Russian with the clerks – we had dinner with Richard’s widow Karen, her brothers, her sister, and her sister’s husband.  Later, we went over to Karen and Richard’s house.

The Seven at supper – Karen short, dark hair.


At their home…

On Thursday, we ate breakfast at the hotel, and cabbed over to St. Mark’s Cathedral for the service.  Our friend Laura, who had moved from Avon Lake to Minneapolis  25 years ago, came to the service.

There was a formal interment, and I poured his ashes into a crypt….

After the service, there was a reception line, and it was interesting to collect the varied reactions from those who: did not know Richard had an identical twin; knew but had never seen me; and had not seen me for decades.

Karen, I, and Richard’s classmate Don Tubesing

Three of his classmates were there – one gave the homily – and all remembered me.

Afterwards, we had a meal at a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall.

That evening, we had dinner at Holy Land – a middle Eastern restaurant.

In Holy Land…
The Morelands…
six of us….
other views…
Sister Melanie and her husband

We said good bye, and in the morning, we had breakfast with Laura and her husband at Perkins, and then flew home, where Kerrie had watched Babe – our loyal dog.



21 May – 2 July 2017 – life moves on…

Babe and Sharon in Rhoda.

Richard’s Memorial service was scheduled for 6 July, and we made reservations.  We continued on with our normal and abnormal life.

Normal life is yoga once a week with Katie, workouts 3 times a week at the gym, two Russian lesson a week, finished our concerts at Severance Hall, and ballroom dancing once a week with Julie.

Our super yoga teacher!
lift and grow!
At dinner before a concert.

We had a nice trip to Columbus to celebrate our daughter’s birthday.

With Valerie and Bill.
I spoke Russian with our server!

In addition to the death of my identical twin brother, Sharon had three surgeries for melanomia, and I was preparing Mini for Mini Meet East – see http://www.our1960mini.com.

We ran into trouble, so I took Rhoda instead.

with Rhoda at MME.

On the domestic front, we upgraded our hot water heater to on-demand – 95% efficient.

so small it hangs on the wall…

16 – 20 May 2017…

My late Brother Richard

On Tuesday 21 June, I received an email from my brother’s wife Karen that he was in the hospital and in serious condition – he has chronic leukaemia.

I was busy with Sharon’s surgeries and getting Mini ready for Mini Meet East.

On Friday, Karen called me and we decided that I should come up.  Sharon made reservations, and I was packed and ready to go on Saturday morning, when I noticed I had a missed call.

It was from Karen: Richard had died just before midnight (CDT) on Friday 19 May 2017.

11-15 May: Days of Wine and Roses

post commencement…

11 May was my 75th birthday!

I opened the present that I had received from my brother – an old football game we had played as boys…

Foto electric football: the last and best gift from my brother…

My Russian tutor Daniil is receiving his MBA from CSU on Sat 13 May.

His Mother and godmother came in (from Russia and Connecticut), and we enjoyed company.

I love formal commencements, and this was no exception.

In the Hall…
Daniil, Lera, and I

Skyline in the background…

Daniil with Mom and friends…
Mom and son are proud…

Sunday was Mother’s day: we had brunch with Allen and Sarah, and visited their new condo in Battery Park.


We visited Allen and Sarah’s new apartment in Battery Park.

view from roof of new condo

On Monday, I took the two shopping, and we walked and looked at scenery.

Lera and nadine at north point


April 2017

Birthday PI – the highpoint of the month!

April began with Sharon’s birthday: Kerry and Katie baked an apple pie!


birthday dinner in Vermilion…

Allen and I moved Mini out of winter storage and put her up on the new jacks.

We continued to train at the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, do yoga with Katie on Tuesdays, attend concerts at Severance on Thursdays, have dance lessons with Julie on Friday’s, and I had two Russian lessons a week with Daniil.

gallery of coffee! At Troubadour…
Babe holds it all together


3-31 March 2017: winter ends, and spring arrives

Birthday PI – the highpoint of the month!

We continued with gym, yoga, and dancing each week.  Highlights of the month included A birthday/PI day pie which Katey and Kerrie (Yoga and babe watch) baked for Sharon.

On the medical front, I had a good test for circulation, and my other medical tests went well.

In addition to my reading (pleasure/pursuit of knowledge), I am studying:

o linear algebra

o topology

o abstract algebra

o quantum loop gravity

o Russian lanuage

and reading Prof Krauss’s new book:The greatest story not yet told.

A political highlight was our AL Dems meeting on 28 March, in which we honoured our elected official officials.

Lorain County Dems

I am working in the shop, organizing fasteners and other components.

padding in shop