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Happy Birthday, Daddy


Circa 1947: Don Stacey age 6
In Memory of Dad… October 8th marks Dad’s birthday. He would have been 71.

Dad was born in Gainesville, Texas, the small county seat of Cooke County, just north of Dallas and Fort Worth. It was just a small town back then, but its history is woven deep within the fabric of American History. The main street in Gainesville is California Street. It runs east to west because that is the direction folks were going when heading from the east out to California during the gold rush days. California Street is named for California and its travelers. Gainesville has been a stop along the way, an oasis of sorts, for weary travelers since that trek began circa 1849.

Dad’s family history is, in a way, the history of the United States itself.

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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer Rosary

In keeping with the theme of Addoway's new cause and with October being breast cancer awareness month, I have decided to write about my family's connection with breast cancer.

I was young the first time I can remember hearing about breast cancer. Not sure how old, but young. I know it was not when the incident happened, though. My uncle, my mom's brother, lost his first wife to breast cancer. She went through all the latest treatments including surgery. The doctors thought they had gotten it all. They found out they were wrong. The cancer spread to her brain. My uncle lost the woman he loved. That was the early to mid 1970s; I believe, it was about 1973 or 74.


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September 11th 10 Years Later: Then & Now


August 20, 1989 NYC skyline from Liberty Island Ferry

Interestingly, I started writing this on September 10, 2011. Ten years after I started a new job. I am finishing it on September 11, 2011. Ten years after a horrifying day filled with uncertainty.

September 10, 2001. I started a new job in Dad’s hometown. It was part time administrative for a large international company and the pay was good… I had a great first day.

September 11, 2001. I had the radio tuned to a country station as I drove to work for my second day. I had to be there for 8am (central time). This was not to be a great second day.

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