By Peg Cushman Was it written in the stars that we were supposed to meet that cold, wintry night? We happened to be at a college party wearing the exact same thing. For those that know me, no worries, he was not wearing a skirt. We both had white button-down shirts, gray crew neck sweaters, and blue jeans. When our eyes met, we both laughed and he asked me if he could have my number; since I was dating someone else, I said no. A few weeks passed and we ran into each other at a hockey game, we smiled and I noticed he had brought a date. By then I was no longer dating my boyfriend so I told him and left him with my perfume-scented bandanna. I fought the urge to become interested in him because he was tall, dark and handsome and I figured he had mobs of girls chasing him. Plus, he was a funeral director – he must be strange. We began to date and had our ups and downs because of all the hours he worked. I naively thought that once we were married, I could change that. I didn’t … [Read more...] about My View: Sharing my life with a funeral director
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TAMPA — Kristen and Ryan Yaldor planned an elaborate vacation to South Africa and Zimbabwe complete with safaris, a drum and dinner show, and a canoe trip near Victoria Falls to celebrate Kristen's 37th birthday.What the Odessa couple didn't anticipate was the protective mother hippopotamus and her young calf hiding under the water as they floated down the Zambezi River with two tour guides.Before they could react, the mother hippo swam under the couple's canoe and threw it into the air. Ryan was able to swim to a nearby island, but the multi-ton animal dragged Kristen under the water, its jaws snapping down on her leg and breaking her femur.Kristen was able to escape, but it would be another hour before a medical helicopter arrived, Ryan said, and 13 more before she arrived at a hospital in South Africa. She remains in intensive care.Hippos are notoriously aggressive animals in the water and are protective of their young. Martine Yaldor said her daughter-in-law was lucky the … [Read more...] about A Florida couple planned a dream vacation in Zimbabwe. Then a hippo attacked.
By CAROLYN HAX, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Published 12:30 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018 Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My husband died suddenly three months ago. We had never discussed funeral plans, but he was not religious and disliked the religion he was raised in, so I insisted on a nonreligious funeral because I thought that would best reflect his wishes. His very religious parents were upset with me and have been cold to me since then. I would like to have a relationship with them but am unsure what to do. Recommended Video: Now Playing: What to do with widows of jihadis killed in Syria? Euronewsreporter Hans von der Brelie went to Lepenica, a village in northern Bosnia. There, he met Alema Dolamic. Her sister was married to a jihadi fighter, called Nermin Jahic, alias Abu Zekeri, now dead. She ended up being stuck in Syria (in the Kurdish managed zone), together with her three children. The widow stays with some 50 jihadi widows and their … [Read more...] about Carolyn Hax: She planned a nonreligious funeral for her husband. His parents weren’t pleased.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByLaura M. Holson June 5, 2018 In the early morning of May 27, Vinson Pierce had a heart attack and died in his sleep, leaving behind a wife, three children and more than 300 students in Comanche, Tex., where he was the principal at the local high school. The news traveled quickly in this Texas Hill Country town, which holds a yearly barbecue cook-off and antique car and tractor festival. After getting word of Mr. Pierce’s death, a co-worker set up a campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise money to help his widow pay for the funeral and other costs. Mr. Pierce, 35, did not have life insurance, explained Gary Speegle, the superintendent of the Comanche Independent School District. “We are a small, rural community, and when everyone heard what happened, they wanted to help,” he said. More than 1,000 … [Read more...] about Crowdfunding a Funeral: How the Internet Helps Lay Affairs to Rest
click to enlarge FLICKR/PAUL SABLEMAN The Soulard neighborhood is just south of downtown. After a violent week that saw beloved bartender Peyton Keene shot to death outside his workplace, followed by a second shooting last weekend, some Soulard residents are feeling a growing sense of unease. "The only thing I ever feared at this intersection was seeing a bicyclist get hit," says Lisa West, a Soulard resident and a regular at Bastille Bar and Grill, the LGBTQ mainstay where Keene tended bar. “Now, it feels we’re being targeted. It feels we’re sitting ducks.” West and her neighbors Joe and LuAnn Denton decided to plan a New Orleans-style second-line parade through Soulard. “We’ve done funeral marches for others in the neighborhood, and thought this would be a good way to honor Peyton,” West says, sitting on the sidewalk outside Bastille. For others, though, the march is also an attempt to defy the neighborhood’s recent … [Read more...] about Uneasy After Recent Shootings, Soulard Plans a Second-Line Parade