• Posts Tagged ‘death’

    saying goodbye

    by  • October 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    I’ve been quiet here for the last several days because we have been saying goodbye to my father-in-law, Reuben Brasher, who has been living with us for the last fourteen months as his Alzheimer’s made him disappear and who crossed over Wednesday afternoon. We are in Birmingham with family and friends to bury him...

    Read more →

    lost another one

    by  • January 28, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It’s been close to ten years since I taught high school English, and yet this week I’ve had two occasions to go back to the Reading List and two occasions to mention Robert Burns. Three nights ago, I wrote about Of Mice and Men, thanks to Burns’ Night. Now, just three nights later, I...

    Read more →

    advent journal: losing a light

    by  • December 19, 2009 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    I wrote last night about a friend in ICU. Tonight I write to say my friend, David Gentiles, died earlier this evening with his daughters gathered around him. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for a couple of hours looking for words and have come up empty. My friend is gone: my heart...

    Read more →

    to a friend, on the death of her father

    by  • June 22, 2009 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    there are days where lifeseems to stretch out like agreat plain, endless expansemelting into the horizon this is not one of those days today is a fresh amputeecut down to a stump of sadnessthe expected assassinatedwhile we slept and awakened to the now and the not here let us cling to each otherlike refugees...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: life on the edge

    by  • April 4, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I dug a grave today. It was a first for me. The call came early this morning from church friends Tracy and Robin saying their beloved beagle, Violet, was going to be put to sleep. Ginger was up and out of the house in minutes. About a half hour later she called and asked...

    Read more →

    hearts broken into

    by  • September 9, 2007 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    Yesterday I sang at the funeral of a man I had never met and I cried. He sounded like a great guy – someone I would have liked and would have shared a great deal in common. His family loved him. The line that killed me was his son-in-law saying, “I’m so grateful that...

    Read more →

    unbreaking the circle

    by  • July 22, 2007 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    Back in the early nineties, the town of Waxahachie, Texas almost became famous for something other than the fact that my grandmother lives there. It was to have been the home of the Superconducting Super Collider, a fifty-four mile underground oval where super charged protons would be sent around in opposite directions and then...

    Read more →