Lexington Mo house

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Junior Prom


Kim and Ian
East High School Prom
May 3, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska

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I was looking

lookingbut I just couldn’t see

what the promise of tomorrow

was really meant to be.


I was looking,

holding on to one small place,

if I peaked around corner

I am sure I would

see the face.

villageI could hear the silent whispers

I could see the blacked out words

and when

I stopped looking

iceit disappeared,


quietly waiting

among the firs.

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Death notice for the Clinton Daily Democrat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGloria (Catherine) Dorsett passed away on February 23, 2013 in Olathe, Kansas at 95 years of age.  She was born on December 4, 1917 in Kansas City, MO to Francis and Edna (Honn) Duckworth, the third of six children.  Catherine spent early summers in Garland, MO as part of the extended Honn family.  She attended Grammar School in Northeast Kansas City, as well as Jane Hayes Gates School for Girls.

Catherine married the late Jack Dorsett on August 25, 1936 in Clinton, MO.  During WWII, Catherine (as well as her mother and sisters) went to work in the shipyards in Oakland, CA while Jack was stationed in Europe.  Jack and Catherine also lived in Independence, MO, Blue Springs, MO and Topeka, KS before moving to the Clinton in the 1970’s.  While operating a State Licensed Boarding Home for the Aged, Catherine was also the Director of the Community Development Block Grant program in Clinton.

Since Catherine left school at age 15 to help support her family during the Depression, she earned her GED at age 75 and worked for the State of Kansas until she was 85.

Catherine is survived by two children, Marc (Gloria) Dorsett, Olathe KS, Gloria (Mike) Hanrahan, Anchorage, Alaska.  Six grandchildren, Matthew Dorsett, Laura Fluke, Michael Dorsett, Jack, Kimber and Keelin Hanrahan as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Interment was with her husband, Jack, in the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.

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Hey you!

it’s the first day of school!

IMG_0019Kim, 11th grade

East Anchorage High School

photoKeelin, 8th grade

Anchor Lutheran

August 21, 2013


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Eagle Scout

Jack Eagle ScoutJack completed Eagle Scout

with Robert Lane

Troop 5

July 2012

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95 and counting

Mom-Birthday-95thMarc and Mom

December 2nd, 2012

Olathe, Kansas

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A mad housewife

with a perfect pie.

Four years ago,

seems so long now.

It was time to do or die?


The secret is  out,

never shrinking or too brown,

with no one to speak,

that was all the news there was,

even in this busy town.

But, that was the last time

my mom would ever know me,

Watching Kung Fu Panda, eating dinner,

 nothing left to take its place,

nothing left for me to see.

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First there were four

and then there were three.

Now there are two

on the first day of school.

Kim 10th grade

Keelin 7th grade

August 22, 2012

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“ I am not discouraged,

is another step forward. ”
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Mary, Mary

not always contrary,

Just why did this garden grow?

Did you plant enough seeds

To crowd out the weeds?

The question is…

How can any of us really know?

If you check and look closely

Row upon row

Perfect spacing and timing

Takes just the right knack.

And when it all over, 

when it’s all said and done

will you tell me then,

Just who had your back?

garden, with Grandma and Nancy

Blue Springs, MO

circa 1961

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She’s going down…

July 6, 2012

Union Station

Kansas City, Mo

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Memorial Day looking away.

Looking down.

Looking up.

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

Leavenworth, KS

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East Anchorage High School Graduation

May 8, 2012

Sullivan Arena

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I know a secret

which presents itself with


Bringing out delicate curves

to lure

forward the intricacies

of form


and illusion.

I know a secret.

I’ll share it with you.

snow coming off the garage roof

3014 Madison Way

Anchorage, Alaska

February 13, 2012

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Hanging on by a thread…


the price is right.

but it needs some length.


and since you’re only 14,

let’s cover up a bit more.

All ready!

Is it time to pass the torch?

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Bricks and mortar,

each one in the assigned place.

Deceptive in appearance,

turning ’round  a different face.

Bricks and mortar,

lining up to bring about.

Coming in…going out

some of a lifetime is left to shout.


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I don’t believe in blessings…

granted by  Grace of some god on high.

For someone to say they are blessed


they are more worthy of fortune

than you or I.

When things go well, we like to say

we’re blessed with all we hold.

Those dying, starving, abused, unwanted

a god

doesn’t bless them?

if I may be so bold!

Looking past my dirty window to a

world of pink and gold,

is a wider path,

more divergent lives

those stories which need to be told.

My mom would always say, “There, but for the Grace of god, go I.”

and then would angrily point out my Sin

When I simply asked, “god wasn’t very Graceful,

was he,

when he did all that to them?”

If feeling blessed makes some feel better,

no argument will come from me,

except to say,

Look around, take it all in

and for once,


know it’s time to really see.

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floating triangles…

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