Monday, January 9, 2023

King Mango Strut Parade, January 2023

 Oh Carole,

You would have loved it! Was like our 1960's Boston college days, a troupe of stoned happy adults. Plus familes, people of all ages, seemed like the largest crowd in a decade, thats what Danny said anyway.  We had an outside table at Greenstreets .... compliments of the boys local friends.

The pics will show some. Wanted to add more, have a slew of them but for some reason they are not loading. One float was a celebration of Cconut Grove's 150 birthday. This year's theme, "The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King," honored a new era. With Gov. DeSantis at the helm, we'd better watch out!

Sam's entry....Her Majestry's Last Tour with a skeleton in the back seat. Plus Melissa and her sister. Sam amd William in front.

Josh with his key line pie bike, his entry related to the mess up of Coconut Grove / City of Miami  commiss-ion seats! District 2.

Below: Nancy, Josh's girl, Miss Queen Bee from a Save the Bee's entry.

Danny getting his drone ready, now popular in video shoots.

As of this posting, Miami's Heat arena still has the cyptocurrency FTX logo attached to it. Running of the Bullshittters in every parade!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

January 3, 2023. Birthday Wishes

 Hello my dear sister Carole,

Your 73 birtday, we a year apart now, a year and eons. 

I placed a fresh box of chocolates under your picture on the mantel, twenty years since you've been gone. Gone is comphrensible, you not part of this present, away – twenty years is not.

The hum-drum numb grief of emptiness continuing without you, ache and tears an acceptance of this fact. 


You'd be proud of your sons, both keep busy. Danny with his video work as well as his immediate need for a plumber. Josh continues baking and baking his key lime pies. We celebrated Josh's birthday this year on the actual date of it. Was also the last day of Hanukkah so we combined both. Had a jollygood evening. 


The above composed last night, before midnight, posted minutes later when your birthday arrived. In the hours between, I dreamed of your exuberance, inquisitiveness, the fun we shared. Your laughter.  In sleep we were together again, in a crowded small store jammed with "stuff." One of us, most likely you, tried on a pair of  form-fitting colorful plastic jean-like pants, white colored with an artful background. I'd thought how odd the pants were, the shiny, sheen texture of thick plastic. 

In retrospect, perhaps not so unusual. Most everything passes – breath and thumbprints. Birthdays. Agony and loss until both do we part.

Oh Carole, how you are missed.

Carole on

Friday, November 18, 2022

Dreaming on Celeste's Birthday, Novemeber 18, 2022

Hi Carole,

It's Celeste's birthday today, she working, we celebrated last week. 

I've been with a cold. Just awoke from a nap, dreamed of you, about 15-years-old.  A smallish silver-gray satin chair was being delivered to you, the fancy kind placed in front of a dressing table ..... 

My dear daughter and sister on a day together.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

October 19, 2022. Twenty years.

October 19, 2022

MY dear sister, tweny years gone. A lifetime of love.

January 3, 1950 to October 19, 2002

Carole Leslie Marcus Abril

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

October 5, 2022

 Hi Carole,

Another Yum Kipper without you and my tears are streaming .... listened to Ravel's  'Pavane for a Dead Pincess' and cried even more. i remember our listening to it together and how excited you were to have discovered and shared it with me all those many years ago. Decades now.

Yom Kippur blew over us this year, Curt's pacer replacement one day, then the next Hurricane Ian on the West Coast ....

MIss you my chereised sister .... 

PS: Actually, the kids don't buy into the mythology anymore, and what i miss so dearly is the hoopla, the party, our sisterhhood.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

May - June, 2022 in Pictures

Graduating Grandsons!

At Nana's and Curt's home. Pulling images from messages because don't know how to access photos in phone from computer ....

Miguel's 18 birthday, plus high school graduation. 

And William's 5th grade graduation.

Celeste, Miguel, William with a college gift for Miguel.

Above: Miguel, Celeste, Melissa

Next Up: William's 5th grade graduation, June 7, 2022 .... Nana could not attend at Coral Reef Elementary, no room, each household was given only two invites ...

Daddy Sam and William

William, Nana and Daddy Sam.
Image by Curt.

Minus a good pic of Giselle, but here is 
her arm petting Sam's new pooch. 
Welcome Tigger! 

Monday, January 3, 2022

January 3, 2022

 Happy Birthday, Carole. 

Generous, kind, creative.  More than a loving sister – my other half.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

About Midnight, 2022 and January 3 ahead

 January 1, 2022

Hi Carole, 

Curt and I cheered 2022. He is a true love of thirty-plus years now, yet I am growing ever more wobbly in spirit, and heath. Ours was a subdued evening – superb being together;  frightening and thoughtful as New Year's are I suppose. It's always the year to come that scares the waddens out of me.

May / Might been exposed to Covid-Omicron, no biggie, half the world has been! Update: Slick tested postive and we shared so many hugs the other day....wonderful heartful hugs from a ten-year old!

Missing you always, January 3 your birthday.... you behind us on the fireplace mantle. A mighty toast to you my dear sister. And a yearly swap, a fresh box of Russell Stover, dark chocolate this time, under your picture frame.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Hanukkah, 2021

 Hanukkah, 2021

Note: Same night, photos not in order because I couldn't figure out how to switch images. When attempted, the images would delete, dumb me.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Yahrzeit, Carole Leslie Marcus Abril. October 19, 2002 to October 19, 2021

 From Family Messages:

Yahrzeit, Carole Leslie Marcus Abril


Hey guys. as the sun is rising in Miami it sets in Phuket.  Or as some call it, fuck it.  But aside from the wise cracks.  I just wanted to share that i threw my flowers and honored my mom.  As everyone on this thread will be doing in some sort of way, and if I can say something nice, in memory of her, I'd just like to say how lucky I am to have had her strength, courage, and unconditional love for 19 years of my life.  She is definitely who shaped  who I am, and for that my gratitude is unlimited.   Hope everyone well today. And feel free to share.

Danny, posted your video, not sure it will load here. The roses against a rising and/or setting sun are beautiful. 

Sam: Amen

Danny: Joy just sent this to me and Josh. Joy, thanks for keeping the memory alive.

Celeste: Loved from Joy and Danny

Joy:  Good morning or good evening… as I get older and watch my kids become adults (some more slowly than others) 21, 18,  16.  I think of you both - having your beautiful amazing mom taken from you.  Everyone’s sadness isn’t comparable to losing a mother so young.  I think of the memories that will be made for me, for my kids as I enter into this next phase of my life. The 19 years that you both have not had to make those memories with your mom. It breaks my heart.  Love to both ❤️

Little Genie: Danny & Joy how eloquently your words are..
My thoughts are also with how her presence made such a enormous impact in our lives.
There are so many virtual quality of her that I miss: her smile, laughter, caring nature.
But of all the them I miss our conversations.... countless hrs sitting with her and just "talking".

Little Genie:   Didn't know this...
The Yahrzeit prayer, which is the Mourner's Kaddish is recited and the special memorial candle is lit after sundown on the evening before the anniversary of the death and burns for a full 24 hours..