Once upon a time…

…this was a site called The Cat Calls Me Roger and was devoted to the strange and unusual stories from the life of Scott Haines. I can assure you that there are many, and it was encouraged by my kids. However, as I’ve grown older my thirst for stories from my family’s past has grown. For the last few years, I have spent a lot more time visiting and listening to my grandfather, Edwin L(eon) Haines Sr. When Ed Sr. is gone, much of the family history will be gone forever and many questions about the family will remain unanswered.

This re-launch of the site is an attempt to retain at least some of the legacy of the Haines famiy…

16 years…

I really can’t believe it’s been 16 years. During my whole “mid-life crisis” this past few years, I’ve thought about Mike. I’ve gone through many, MANY fond memories of him and some not so wonderful (like the morning of March 6, 2003). Michael Edwin Haines, 25, Fairland, died Mar. 6,...

The Sears Catalog – the stuff of dreams

Another title that makes no sense, eh? Not really. It makes perfect sense for a few little boys whose parents didn’t “keep up with the Jones”. We spent HOURS going through the Sears catalog every year circling, re-circling and dreaming. For us, the Sears catalog signified the coming of Christmas....

Stubborn streak

I often worry that insider stories I write about Mike will denigrate his memory or legacy. However, we all have our flaws that make us unique. For Mike, one of those flaws was his stubborn streak. I can talk about this flaw easily because it’s one of the prevailing traits...

Time flies

Time is a funny thing. When you’re 10, an hour feels like a week. At 40, that same hour seems like mere minutes. It’s all about perspective really, to a 10 year old, an hour is a larger fraction of time in relation to the time you’ve been alive. I’m...

Ted Kennedy

I’m going to step out on a limb and assume something for a moment. Ted Kennedy is not a key memory in most marriages or divorces in this country. I’m well aware that you should not assume, but I think I’m safe on this one. This is still one of...