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Terrible Twos, In Their 20s

My offspring, Tara and Andrew: Happy to be visiting their grandma in Florida, not so happy to be photographed by their mother. 2nd photo is of a medieval patch of ground that is close to my mother’s home. Go figure.

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Faircove

My little self in 1977, standing in the parking lot of Faircove dorm in Salem, WV. This is the place where I met my man of 33 years. Who knew?

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Christmas Newsletter 2012

Dear Friends and Family, Earthquakes, and derechoes, and hurricanes. Oh my. Hey, what up? We’re not in Kansas anymore. Damn. I had the entire Christmas letter written, ahead of schedule even, and the above sentence is the only thing I get to keep. Trust me, you’re not going to hear about the weather now. Weddings, […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2011

Dear friends & family, How much longer will I be able to include the kids’ names at the top of these letters? I’m telling you, I’m going to hang on past the point of propriety. If you didn’t already know it, I suppose you can tell from the address above that Funk didn’t win his […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2010

Dear Friends and Family, and the kansas city star, Four years ago I began our Christmas Newsletter with the following words: “Do you feel the crackle in the air? Doesn’t it make you feel as if you’re standing in the midst of royalty? Well, have no fear; it’s just me, trying on my new role […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2009

Dear Friends and Family, and . . . The Kansas City Star, Mother, what a mother of a year it’s been. After 18 months of shocking betrayals, I’m happy to report that the horror is behind us. We’ve seized control back over our personal lives, and Funk has continued to make vast inroads with the […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2008

Dear friends and family, To borrow a phrase from the late Jerry Garcia, “it’s been a long strange trip” this year. I’ll get to the gory details a little later, for now I’m happy to report that the four of us are healthy and well, even if a tiny bit frayed around the edges. Tara’s […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2007

Dear Friends & Family, This time last year was all about the possibility of Funk getting elected Mayor of Kansas City. When that letter was written, Funk and I both knew it in our bones that he would be elected, but we also knew that we were going to have to work really hard to […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2006

The Funk’s Holiday Newsletter 2006As written on the 7th of September Dear Friends & Family, Do you feel the crackle in the air? Doesn’t it make you feel as if you are standing in the midst of royalty? Well, have no fear; it’s just me, trying on my new role as first lady for when […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2005

Christmas 2005 Hello again. I hope this letter finds you’ve all had a healthy and peaceful 2005. As for us, gratefully, we are all well, even with me being just a tad brittle around the edges. I thought last year was bad with Tara leaving for college and with me being forced to come to […]

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