June 2010

Love After Love, by Derek Wolcott

June 29, 2010
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A Good Friend Appears

June 29, 2010

My mother’s dear friend from college, Louise Goodfriend, contacted me out of the blue, just when I’d given up on getting answers to the many questions I still had about my mother, despite knowing her for 57 years. I had regrets about what I never asked my mother when she had the ability to answer [...]

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Freeze Frame

June 28, 2010

We hailed down a tourist from Montreal to take a picture of me and my boys on the High Line (great urban meditation spot) at dusk. I began to take a video of grass swaying in the wind, as I have dozens of times over the course of this year. My battery ran out, but [...]

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Happy Birthing Day

June 26, 2010

After I came back from Terry’s bonfire, I celebrated my birthday. Or tried to. Jimmy was away on a business trip. I was feeling a little blue; my friends Monica and Anne cared for me, treating me to a delicious lunch. I drove into the city to have dinner with my two sweet sons, and [...]

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Listening

June 26, 2010

As we sat beside the flames, Terry shared stories with us, about her experiences escorting people to the end of their lives on earth, the importance of listening, and being in the moment.

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Bonfire

June 25, 2010

Terry had invited us to write down our thoughts on what we might like to relinquish in order to embrace a secret hope or longing.  I had prepared a list of things I’d like to relinquish, and when she lit a bonfire, I said goodbye to all that.

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A Light in the Dark

June 25, 2010

Watching the luminaries fill Terry’s garden with light, I realized I’d found the perfect woman to accompany me and my mother through the next stage of our lives. Actually, Terry found me.

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June 25, 2010

As the light faded on the longest day of the year, Terry invited us to light luminaries, writing the name of a loved one on each one. My friend Barbara lit one for her brother, Peter. (She’s sitting alongside it, on the right.) I made one for my father, Paul.

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Summer Solstice

June 25, 2010

Rev. Terry Odell. who met my mother once more than 15 years ago, found her business card in a drawer, searched online, and discovered this blog. Lucky for me, she was planning a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. “I believe we show up, we gather, and Divinity does what [...]

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A Birthday Surprise

June 24, 2010
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