Da Doo Blog

He Wasn’t Always A Hero

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I reminded Mom that May 17 is coming up.  Howard would have been 67 years old.
“No,” she said. Well, yes. In Mom’s memory, ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

A March 14 Thing

March 14 will ever be a blue day in our home.  It will ever make me stop and think.  But the truth of the matter is, it is a day like any other.  And I miss Howard, as we all ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 12 Comments

Downsizing Treasures

You just never know what you'll find in those boxes of memorabilia. I just got this from the wife of an old friend of Howard's (like the kind of old friend you shared a playpen with).  It's something Howard wrote, dated ...

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Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Letting Go

I began writing these these blog posts, in large part, for myself, so that I could somehow keep Howard alive.  More to the point, I wrote so I would not have to let him go.  I now realize that the ...

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Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Aladdin, The Tonys and More

The Tony nominations have been announced and it really is gratifying to see Aladdin get a nod for best score.  Congratulations of course, go to all of this year’s Tony nominees.  It’s a tough business and anyone making a living ...

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Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

Photo Op Circa 1958

As far as I know, there have been photo ops as long as there have been photos. Never a slouch at keeping traditions alive, Howard often contrived photo ops to amuse us through long childhood summers. Case in point, the movie musical ...

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Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Interviews

Interviews are tough to do – for both the interviewer and the interviewee. And it’s a fact of life that sometimes the facts get a little bashed in the process. You hope, though, that when you’re being interviewed ...

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Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Auntie Ursula

The oddest things occur to a person when driving.  For instance, I was just minding my own business, picking up some groceries, when it hit me like a flash.  Howard’s and my great aunt, Ann, was an Ursula doppelganger.  Coincidence?  ...

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Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Adolescent Magic

As we both moved into adolescence and Howard found his place at Children’s Theater Association and at other local theaters, I lost my brother’s attention.  He made new friends and began to feel his way out of the house and ...

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Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

Bar Mitzvah Blues

Although we were assured that in her youth she had been a beautiful redhead, by the time we knew Nana, she was our well-padded grandmother, with a hearing aid receiver the size of a pack of cards tucked into her ...

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Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment