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Adela Crandell Durkee

I come from a family of storytellers. Being a little more introverted, I put pen to paper. First published at the age of seven, I have a few small pieces published and yearn for more. I live in Illinois with my husband George. Within driving distance are my four children and bonus sons and daughters through marriages. I have my fourteen grandchildren and two cats to keep me hopping after a full days work as a freelance writer for two local newspapers and whoever else needs me. Add my vegetable and water garden in the backyard, and you could say, "I have it all!" Also blogging at Once A Little Girl and The Black Tortoise . Instagram: geodeli

My Nest Is Empty, But Feathered

“When you guys are grown, I’m getting an apartment in the city, overlooking the lake. I’ll have white carpet and a Dalmatian to keep me company. I’ll come to your house for Thanksgiving and Christmas.” That was my we-gotta-get-this-house-clean-company-is-coming frustration fantasy, when all four of my kids were teens. That was when the five of …

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Grown: On Father Daughter Relationships

A touching long-form reflection on  father daughter relationships from Adela Crandell Durkee. Read more from Adela on her blog, The Black Tortoise Many of us face Father’s Day without our Dads. Even for an adult, the process of losing of a father can leave us adrift and bereft. On an intellectual level, we know it’s inevitable, …

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February is Go Red for Heart Health: Mom’s Silent Heart Attack

Adela Crandell Durkee’s mother had a silent heart attack. Adela is sharing her mother’s story for American Heart Health Month – Go Red. Read more from Adela on her blog, The Black Tortoise   Fourteen years ago, Dr. P diagnosed Dad with liver cancer.  Sometime in the next six months, the six months we had …

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