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Monday, November 24, 2008

A Tribute to Memere

A Eulogy I wrote for my Grandmother's funeral in July of 2000. She was a strong, stoic woman on the outside, but very sensitive inside. She lived with my parents for many years until my own mother became ill in 1999. She then lived in an assisted living home in Michigan near my mom's sister until she passed away the following year at the age of 97 In your uniqueness, in your independence, in your extraordinary strength, we thought that you would live forever. But now, your chair sits empty, your... Sign in to see full entry.

Graving and my Baby Uncle

Walking through the cemetery one cold, but sunny Winter afternoon led me to my dad's family plot, where my Grandpa is buried along with his parents and other family members, most of whom I never had the privilege of knowing. What caught my attention was a small grave, overgrown with grass and weeds, that said simply, "Baby Maier". There was a birth date, which was also the death date....that's all. I have a vague memory of my Grandma telling me that she and my Grandpa had had a stillborn baby... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

THE SKATER

There blows a sharp, cold winter breeze and through the peaceful snow wrapped trees, upon a gentle, frozen pond the skater glides with knowing ease. Across the ice her being flies, while silver skates sing lullabies. Just how can she see love in this do wonder cold, blind passers by. Against the wood she is so fair, a pure and simple living prayer. And those who know and understand are those whole live and wander there. Their eyes see what their warm hearts know, for when she stops and turns to... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

THE PASSION OF GRAVING

When I was young, I used to walk through cemeteries with my journal and camera. I have found out recently that there is actually a name for this activity....it is called Graving. I have, from my earliest childhood, been drawn to cemeteries, finding them to be places of peace and tranquility, perfect for coming face to face with the unexplainable beauty that comes with pondering the mystery of life. I remember spending many afternoons as a teenager, strolling aimlessly through cemeteries, reading... Sign in to see full entry.

A Poem--Honesty

Here are just a few of my thoughts, Not only from what I've been taught, But from what I truly believe That comes from down inside of me. Honesty…. It means no lying, No letting up instead of trying. It means no cheating on a test. It means no untruths when you're asked. Honesty…. There are many definitions to it And different roads that lead right to it And sadly more roads that lead Right through it. Honesty…. Is hard but freeing. It leads to a peaceful place of being. But what seems most... Sign in to see full entry.

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