Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sense of humor I’ve always been thankful for my sense of humor, a gift; I’m sure, from my dad. He had a charismatic personality that made him beloved in life and dignified in his dying. Once in the hospital room, I tried to help him change positions, and he said, “Hold it; my balls are in a jam!”

            I’ve always been thankful for my sense of humor, a gift; I’m sure, from my dad.  He had a charismatic personality that made him beloved in life and dignified in his dying.  Once in the hospital room, I tried … Continue reading

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Reflections on Neil Gaiman

            On November 14 I heard Neil Gaiman speak at the Drew/Heinz lecture series here in Pittsburgh.  He inspired everyone with his astounding talent, humor, advice on writing.  For one thing, he does not believe we “find adventure,” he says … Continue reading

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Failing and Flying Poet Jack Gilbert died a few days ago. I admit that I hadn’t known of him or of his work. The following poem makes me wish I had:

            Poet Jack Gilbert died a few days ago.  I admit that I hadn’t known of him or of his work.  The following poem makes me wish I had:  [http://img.constantcontact.com/ui/images1/shr_drw_fb.png] <             It’s called “Failing and Flying” and provides such … Continue reading

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Tomorrow

mTomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.  Is it possible that this election will be over by midnight?  And who will be celebrating the next day? And what will we do with our time, our money?  And who will call and email … Continue reading

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Remembering our Beloved Dead

            Last Friday, I think, was the “Day of the Dead” in Mexico.  Sunday we celebrated “All Saints Day” in church, reading out the names of beloved family and friends, then the names of beautiful church members who had died. … Continue reading

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