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Jeff Taught Me: If It Isn’t Fun, You Are Doing It Wrong

One of the more challenging phrases spoken in our family over the past week and a half has been this: “We’ll just have to make our own fun.” In my family, we relied on Jeff to keep things fun. Not just funny; Jeff was so much more than the family clown or entertainer. Jeff made […]

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Jeff Taught Me: With Great Awesomeness Comes Great Responsibility

There is an arc to what what I’ve learned from Jeff, a building up of one lesson upon another and we are now entering territory where Jeff was certainly the Master, and I have only just begun as a student. Being the Expert isn’t enough. If you watched Jeff’s life, you’d quickly realize that you […]

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Jeff Taught Me: Be the Expert at Everything

If you knew my uncle, you know that he was a Jeff of All Trades and the Master of Most of ‘Em. Professionally he was a talented sound engineer, graphic designer, and web site guru. He brewed phenomenal beer under the “FatBoy” label. He built his own telescope. He understood bread baking on a nearly […]

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Some Of What I Need to Know, I Learned from my Uncle Jeff

Last week, my uncle died. The details of how and when aren’t as important to me as the simple fact that it was way too early. Jeff had a major impact on my life, and having had time to grieve a little and say good-bye, my thoughts have turned to how I might honor the […]

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And I, afraid to sleep…

The clock chimed midnight almost an hour ago and here I sit. I know that I should be in bed. I am aware of my body’s need for sleep, but quite simply: I am afraid. I am afraid to be alone with myself tonight. The previous four hours have been filled with television and useless internet distractions. I’ve been feeding my mind cotton candy and lollipops in the vain hope it will dull the ache I am feeling.

Last night, my uncle had some sort of cardiac event.