Archive for the 'Quotes' Category


Monday, March 30th, 2020

“Sometimes you have to live in precarious and temporary places. Unsuitable places. Wrong places. Sometimes the safe place won’t help you. …I have noticed that doing the sensible thing is only a good idea when the decision is quite small. For the life-changing things, you must risk it.” –Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You […]

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The Family

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Dear Mom, You shared with me the two poems you would like read at your services. I have always hoped that I would also be able to read this poem for you. With you, there was always forgiveness. Nourishment of the body and soul. Acknowledgement of despair and pain, balanced with appreciation for small treasures […]

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Mourning My Mother

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Bleeding hearts from my parents’ garden During this school-at-home time, Claire and I decided that our science will be to re-watch Cosmos, presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She last saw it about six years ago. We watched the first episode, about the origin of the universe, and how we are star stuff. Mom loved knowledge. […]

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Hope For Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

I grew up going camping all over the U.S. My parents loved camping and instilled it in me. My mother loved growing things. She was a master gardener. She had hoped to make it to see one more spring. This poem is another one she would like read at her service. Spring I said in […]

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Why You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

There’s a short essay on the Internet about why one would want to have a physicist speak at one’s funeral, by Aaron Freeman. I find it comforting to a degree. Yet today I also found Anonymous’ response to it that resonated. We only have what is present in front of us, yet somehow the unboundedness […]

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A Message From My Mother

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

In recent conversations, Mom shared with me several poems she would love to be read at her service. Since we don’t know when that will be, due to travel restrictions and pandemic, I thought I’d share here. This is the first one. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my […]

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Choices To Be Made

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

You find yourself disillusioned with the irrevocable personal losses: your health, your lover, your job, your hope, your dream. Your whole life is filled with losses, endless losses. And every time there are losses there are choices to be made. You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression, and resentment, […]

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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In All Eternity

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Under your breath, just loud enough to be heard, tell the Earth that you can hear the sound of its turning, and it’s making you giddy. Say, too, how much you love the fact that in all eternity, this moment will never be repeated. Though you may drink in the delicious atmosphere with a trillion […]

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Men Being Ladylike

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Hello, the men. My advice on modern masculinity would be to look at all those traits you believe are feminine and interrogate why you are so obsessed with being the opposite. Because this idea that to be a man you have to be the furthest away from being a woman that you possibly can is […]

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