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It’s love and marriage, not the horse and carriage, that count

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday April 19, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

The message from nearly a dozen readers who emailed me last week was loud and clear:  I should have explained my four-month absence instead of just showing up last Sunday.  The clearest was the shortest:  “You’re back!  What’s going on??”  The short answer: Mary Sue and I spent the past four months in Southwest Florida – in the Naples-Ft. Myers Beach area.  Though we normally spend January and February in Florida, this year was different: My mother, Virginia Burgess, passed on December 4, 2014, one month and two days short of her 98th birthday.  In fact, during her last days in hospice, when I told a visitor she was 97, she interrupted to say, “I’m 97 and three-fourths.”

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