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Category Archives: Family and Friends

Topics likely to be interesting only to those who know me personally

The Marilyn & Steven Prater Family Fund


On Friday, March 27, 2015, I was back home in Quincy IL for the announcement of The Marilyn & Steven Prater Family Fund, administered by the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. This new fund permanently endows a two-year scholarship for a student starting seventh grade at St. Francis Solanus School in Quincy. My Dad, sister, and […]

Mother’s Day 2014


Sunday, May 11, 2014, would have been my mother’s 70th birthday. She died more than six years ago, but I still think about her every day – not only am I proud of her, I’m just so grateful to have had an awesome Mom. Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! (My remembrance of her […]

Check out my friend Jeff Baird, the protagonist in this cool short


Rick Shaffer “Cool Treatment” from Chris Kelley on Vimeo.

The Sausage Source: So Many Questions


My friend Jason took this photo in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. As he says, it evokes questions on many levels….   Who is supposed to respond to this sign? And just how many secrets do meat processors have?

Happy Mother’s Day!


I started this blog in July 2009. The first post of substance was about my mother, Marilyn Prater, who died in January 2008. Today is Mother’s Day in the US, so I thought I would highlight those words and images again. I think of Mom every day, and I’m prouder than ever of what she […]

Photos from London: April 2009


In April I went to London for business. (I stayed with Lauren and Jason in St. John’s Wood – when they moved there from NYC a few years ago, Lauren kept a still-funny blog about the tribulations Americans’ settling in London.) While in The Smoke I took some photos, a handy ninety-two of which I […]