Category Archives: Death

Two dead composers, born today

All these years of Celebrating Time, all these days of trying to come up with what had happened on all those days (till my readers got sick of reading about saints), and I’d never realized that Brahms and Tchaikovsky were … Continue reading

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“That particular fatal tissue in which one finds oneself embedded”

I want so much to be able to write about the two profound events we attended yesterday, both about endings. One, a symposium in honor of a brilliant humanities professor who is retiring after 45 years of college teaching; the … Continue reading

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Death is nothing at all

Some people, maybe even most people, have a hard time understanding why I do hospice work. They think it must be very depressing, or that I must be quite saint-like. Neither is true. (The real saints are the home-health aides … Continue reading

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911 Memorial

We saw this first: One World Trade Center, fog lifting, unfinished; eerily evocative of the smoke and deep blue sky on that awful day. Water falls in the footprints of the towers: Only one tree from the plaza survived that … Continue reading

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He lives on in our lives

Way too many things going on, and it’s weird how this shot conflates two of the big ones. I always wanted to pronounce Steve Jobs’ name as in the Book of Job, which now seems fitting: it just doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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If you can read this you’re still alive

The world has been supposed to end only about 30 times,13 in just my lifetime, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that once again it didn’t, but if it did, this blog and this blog post are still around and, … Continue reading

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For Connie

I’ve been putting off writing about Connie, my 16-years-older-than-I friend, who (as she and I joked) was my beacon into what growing old was like.  Way back when I first started this blog, I wrote about her. Connie taught me … Continue reading

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