By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 12/13/2018
Topics/Keywords: #MichaelManion Page Views: 1799
Photos and stories of my first husband.

One of the nicest things about being gay, is that most gay people, after having ended a relationship, remain friends, even close friends, after that end.

Michael Manion was my second gay relationship, my first husband, and now, remains my dear friend and grandfather to our grandchildren.

Michael's Astrological Chart

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Astrology Page Views: 920
Michael's stars!

Extremely active by nature, you like to get around, meet people and do different things. Very restless, you just can't seem to stay put. You need to be involved in several projects at once in order to keep your mind stimulated. You like to read books and to write letters and to talk — constantly. Seemingly ageless, you will always appear to be much younger than you really are. Very adaptable and inquisitive, you are always open to new ideas and experiences. A "jack-of-all-trades", you are lively and versatile. Because of the high nervous tension that you always seem to have, athletic activity would be a good way for you to burn off energy. But be careful of a tendency to experience things only superficially — try to dig in and absorb things at a deeper level.

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Michael Meets the Family

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/29/1997
Posted: 2/25/2008
Topics: #Humor #MichaelManion #LakeMassebesic #NewHampshire #WashingtonD.C. Page Views: 1156
How I introduced my new boyfriend to the rest of the family…and them to him.

We woke late on New Year's day, but I was determined to make the most of Michael's visit. So, after a quick brunch, we drove out to Lake Massebesic for the fresh air, the view, and the fun of walking on water.

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Michael's Graduation

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/12/2006
Topics: #MichaelManion Page Views: 1638
Michael graduates for the second time this year.

Michael just graduated from Glendale Community College…for the second time.

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If It's Spring, Michael Must Be Graduating

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/11/2007
Topics: #Arizona #MichaelManion Page Views: 1649
Michael gets his Bachelor's Degree from ASU.

It seems like every spring, my husband Michael has a graduation. Actually, he's had them in the fall, too. He had one last year, and one the year before. Or a few months before, I forget. Two of them were for Associates' degrees, obtained from Glendale Community College. This was a bigger deal, his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University.

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Dorothy Ann Hood Zembruski 1938-2007

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/21/2007
Topics: #Obituary #DorothyAnnZembruski
Milestone: #Death
Page Views: 8330
A celebration of the life of one of Michael's sisters.
One of my two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ann Zembruski, died unexpectedly September 19. She was 68 years old, and should have had many more years ahead of her.

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Kidney Punch

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/27/2007
Topics: #Humor #Health Page Views: 1851
Michael is visited by my old friend, Kidney Stone.

A week ago today (December 20), Michael went into the hospital to have a "procedure" done. That procedure is called a lithotripsy and its purpose was to blast, with ultra-sound, an unpleasantly large stone that had formed within his left kidney.

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Have A Nice Lithotripsy

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/16/2008
Topics: #Humor #Medicine #MichaelManion Page Views: 1656
In which Michael has a blast.

I spent today at the hospital with Michael as he got his third lithotripsy.

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Michael Starts School

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 2/5/2010
Topics: #MichaelManion #SCNM #Naturopathy Page Views: 1545
Michael begins work on his doctorate in naturopathic medicine.

I've mentioned before that Michael intended to get his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. That's right…my husband, the doctor! This past Wednesday his classes started. The first three days consists more of orientation than anything else; and today, Friday, spouses were invited on campus to join in the celebration. I had to work in the morning but was able to join Michael in time for the Stethoscope Ceremony, in which Michael and his classmates were formally presented with his stethoscope, blood pressure monitor, and other essentials he'll be using in class for the next four years and, hopefully, for some years after that.

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Michael's New Car

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/31/2010
Topics: #Michael Page Views: 1641
Michael gets a car of his own!

For the past three quarters of his medical school, Michael and I have been carpooling. Sounds efficient and green, right? But Michael's hours are different every day, making it difficult for me to work consistent hours at my job. And most days the Ford SUV wound up making two or even three trips between home and Chandler and/or Tempe. And so, it seemed more sensible for Michael to get himself a car of his own to "toodle" around in, as he put it.

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