Tag Archives: Life

Obituaries: Life Affirming, Bite-Sized Bios

I appreciate obituaries.  Reading Gustav Leonhardt’s in an Economist magazine a few years ago reminded me that an account of a person’s life, written at the time of his or her death, can be very life-affirming.  I like reading and … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to The Life Literary

I wrote the first very humble, very simple post for this blog one year ago today.  Ah yes, friends, I remember that moment well.  There I stood (I stand to write) in my darkened home office, the monitor lighting my … Continue reading

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Autumn Striptease

About three hours west of here, close to the sources of the great Potomac which these days saunters lazily by our apartment, a small community in the Appalachians is convening a five-day festival called Autumn Glory.  I’m pretty sure scores … Continue reading

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Keynote Address Delivered at the Autumnal Equinox Ball (at which a Venerable but Feeble Summer and a Ruddy, Glowing Autumn were in Attendance)

Distinguished Seasons, Special Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,  it is my great privilege to be making a few remarks this evening at the Annual Equinox Ball.  I am especially honored to be seated here at the same table  with our Season … Continue reading

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From the Bride’s Father’s Notebook – Day 15

January 3, 2010 – Sunday I don’t have a lot more to say or think or feel about this whole thing.  We’re sorry to be saying good bye to our daughter and her husband, but they need to be getting … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Union Center

Life in and around the Union Center goes at its own pace, listens to its own music, lives by its own rules.  A jarring combination of open and shut, welcoming and forbidding, not everyone is comfortable even visiting, not to … Continue reading

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Tree Seed Season: A Million Bursts of Life

Life muscles on, fights to propagate, to reproduce itself.  It won’t take no for an answer, even when that no is the pavement and asphalt and more people than the city hardly knows what to do with.  Life’s insistent shout … Continue reading

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing … Continue reading

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Bombay Letter 5 – March 1998

(Part of a letter typed on actual paper with a typewriter by my wife during the first month of our stay in Bombay.) March 22, 1998 Dear Family, One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is write down … Continue reading

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One way or another

Over the last few weeks I’ve been planting warm weather plant seeds.  I was watering the flats one evening and noticed a little green shoot peeking up at me from a place I wouldn’t have expected it.  While planting the … Continue reading

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