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December 8, 2008
The old Dorsett ski boat with the 100 HP engine was traded for a pontoon boat. The house was a simulated A-Frame, sitting high above the lake, three stories to the main entry. Later when arthritis overtook them, the impracticality must have occurred to him and when Alzheimer’s was added, those stairs took away his haven.

When we got his cancer diagnosis, I drove out to the lake with my own children and my two nephews. They sat as they had as toddlers, with feet dangling over the edge of the loft overhang and talked quietly. I sat below.