R.I.P: Conrad the Kat (Our Beast)

It is with profound sadness that I tell you our dear Kat, Conrad, who we affectionately called “Beast” is no longer with us. He lived a long and happy life: 17 years and 4 months. We absolutely adored him. Well, everyone who met him adored him. Conrad was the friendliest cat I’ve ever known. He knew no strangers. He would… Continue reading

Memories of An Educator: The Presence

This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading

Alan Rickman, RIP

British actor Alan Rickman‘s characters were powerful and piercingly intense, but it was the vivid command of his voice quality that always singularly struck me. He was every character he ever played. On my list of things to do is to watch everything I can find in which he played a role. I am saddened that his gift is no… Continue reading

Natalie Cole, RIP

My spine tingled when I heard Natalie Cole sing that unforgettable duet with her father at Chastain Park. She projected a genuine, kind and dignified stage presence and gave a wonderful concert. Her music is among my favorites, certainly in the top 20 of my play count. Cole released her best-selling album with 1991’s Unforgettable… with Love on Elektra Records,… Continue reading

Dr. Maya Angelou – Liberated

Maya AngelouApril 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 (age 86) Dr. Maya Angelou was an inspiration to me. Her words and her life inspired me to be a better person. She knew and lived the power of truth, the power of love. In her honor, her words will live on through us. In this short video, she reminds us: Love… Continue reading

Good Riddance

When the way you have chosen to live your life is based in hatred, selfishness, arrogance, and deliberate insensitivity to people who are suffering, the way Fred Phelps life was, the world would have been a better place without you. (The unrepentant war criminals of the George W. Bush administration belong on that list too!) Tonight, without Phelps, the world… Continue reading

Northern Arizona, Day Four — Sedona

Today was the official reason we came out to northern Arizona, the Sedona Marathon and 10K. The course was brutal: some very intense hills, including a killer hill at the turn around point for the 10k. I thought it was going to kill me! (Oh! Wait. I didn’t run…) But Steve and a couple of friends (much younger and in… Continue reading