Category Archives: Family Stories

April Fool’s Day Birthday? Now, That’s No Joke!

Today, April 1, 2019, I celebrate the 110th birthday of my father, Gerald Joseph Desmond Sr. (1909-1979). Dad was the fifth and youngest child of Owen E. Desmond (1861-1953) and Ellen Mary (“Nellie”) Keating (1868-1952). Born and bred on Chicago’s … Continue reading

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Mishaps, Trivia, and Surprises Revealed while Renovating Decades Old Wedding Album

Do you know what you were doing 35 years ago today? I do! I do! I was prepping for a wedding—my own. A few years ago, when our wedding album was quite literally falling apart, I decided I’d better redo … Continue reading

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Oh, Those Irish Romantics!

Tradition and romance appear to run deep in my line of the Desmond clan–more than two centuries deep–from what I’ve discovered so far.  It seems my great-great grandfather, Patrick Desmond (b. 1795) was baptized on his (and my) namesake’s day–exactly 223 … Continue reading

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