A Source of Inspiration

Our three children have and remain a source of inspiration to me and I thought I would introduce them to you. Let’s start at the beginning. On a Wing And a Prayer We probably should have taken the Lamaze class. While we arrived at the hospital without incident what ensued was something neither one of us was prepared for. After getting checked in, my wife Michelle was all tucked in nice and cozy. As we Read More

Runaway Wheelchair

Speaking to Erica like a “normal” person was a good thing to do but sometimes lead to unexpected results, like a runaway wheelchair! On one sunny afternoon at Sesame Place, in Philadelphia, PA, Erica was told to “sit still for a moment, Mommy needs to tie Jared’s shoe.” Simple enough but Erica did not hesitate to “run away” very quickly down a hill! Stranger to the Rescue! Luckily, a nice man caught her in the Read More

Helpful Dogs

This story relives an episode with one of our helpful dogs, Archie, and our disabled 6-year-old daughter resulting in a trip to the E.R. The Shar-Pei dogs we had in Maryland were sadly no longer with us. Pugsly was hit and killed by a car and Smoochie was given up because she became mean for some reason with the loss of Pugsly. Sampson was previously returned to his original owner since we were basically just Read More

Ronald W. Bayliss

Erica’s Paternal Grandfather Ronald W. BaylissDec. 14, 1933 – Jan. 15, 2018 I wrote this eulogy and gave it my dad’s memorial service. Eulogy for Ronald Walter Bayliss We are here to celebrate the life of Ronald Walter Bayliss, who was hardworking and steadfast in pursuit of his life’s ambitions. Yet he was kind, honest and trusting, and I am incredibly lucky, blessed even, and proud to say that Ronald Bayliss was my father. The Read More

Jeffrey F. Bayliss

Eric’a Uncle, Jeffrey Francis BaylissSep. 20, 1961 – Apr. 2 2014, 52 yrs I was not asked to speak at the memorial service for my brother but I did have something prepared. Just a short piece to basically say goodbye in a pleasant tone before family and friends -let’s be honest, there was no love lost between me and my brother. After listening to all the accolades throughout the service, even when they opened the Read More

N. Ruth Bayliss

Erica’s Paternal Grandmother N. Ruth BaylissMarch 29, 1933 – December 18, 2007 When asked if anyone had any words at the memorial service I stood up and read this poem. Death is Nothing at All Death is nothing at all.It does not count.I have only slipped away into the next room.Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was.I am I, and you are you,and the old life that we lived so fondly together is Read More