Category Archives: death

My (Future) Dying Request

Laugh! That’s right. The day you hear I have died,  I want you to laugh. Feel free to start now, of course, but I’m talking about that time sometime in the future when I die, be it tomorrow, next year, … Continue reading

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Walking in the Long Shadow of Grief

This camel stops at every tent. —a Persian proverb my friend and colleague, Bijan Masumian, shared with me upon hearing of my father’s death Death is inevitable. We each will die. Before that, people that we know die. As you … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 3)

Part 3 — In the wake of my best friend’s death recently, I’ve been trying to walk myself back through our many years of friendship and companionship, sharing short summaries of significant phases while highlighting a few stories along the … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 2)

Part 2 of frustratingly incomplete memory snatches of my best friend, Mike MacNaughton, who died unexpectedly in his sleep recently. I’d known him for 50 years, so any tribute is obviously abbreviated. Even spreading some of these stories out over … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 1)

  My best friend, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last week. The loss of any close friend is difficult & life-changing, and Mike was my best friend for most of my life. Recently, we reconnected again after a … Continue reading

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Pick Up the Phone. Make the Call. Today

“I meant to call him just like week…” My best friend of over 50 years, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last Friday night. Several months ago, after over a year of silence, he called me about the time … Continue reading

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“L. H. Buller, Prominent Palacios Citizen, Drowns” — Palacios Beacon, Jan. 1, 1931

The front page headline of the January 1st, 1931 edition of the Palacios Beacon announced the death of my great-grandfather, Louis H. Buller. I recently wrote about the grandfather I never knew, Clarence Buller, and how I only learned of … Continue reading

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Día de Los Muertos — Happy, Joyous Days

Today marks Día de Los Muertos, the traditional Mesoamerican “Day of the Dead.” For those unfamiliar with the cultural background and symbology, it may seem a macabre celebration of death, complete with skeleton costumes and make-up as well as sugar … Continue reading

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Farewell to an Old Friend, Debby Kalk

Debby Kalk died a week ago last Sunday. I found out late one night last week, just before going to bed. It hit me quite hard. I suppose part of my delay in writing this is lingering sense of denial … Continue reading

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Songs of Death and Grief — for Victor and all of us

Another old friend died this week, another sad reminder that we are all temporary here. Though not totally unexpected, Victor’s death still caught me off-guard and hit me harder than I was ready to handle. I slipped into a deep … Continue reading

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