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‘He died climbing’

It’s been said that high in the Alps there is a monument to a faithful guide who perished while ascending a peak to rescue a stranded amateur in inclement weather. According to the story, the monument contains these words: “He … Continue reading

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Loving the curmudgeon

Last Friday I asked for advice on speaking at a curmudgeon’s funeral. The response was overwhelmingly kind. Today’s Catch contains one sentence from each one who wrote in, and I was rebuked by the overall attitude from all who took … Continue reading

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The funeral of an unrepentant curmudgeon

Think of the most ornery cuss of a person you know. This is a person no one likes because he is mean to everyone. There isn’t a nice streak in him, or if there is, he never shows it. He … Continue reading

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Hazel’s last entry

Well we’ve done a wedding online for someone in our community. I suppose we could do a funeral. Although this will be a most unusual funeral — a funeral with the deceased present, sitting up, alert, and very much alive. … Continue reading

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Iman’s last tweet

There have been a number of inspirational sayings floating around the Internet this week attributed to Iman, the 60-year-old Somali-born supermodel and wife of British rock star David Bowie who succumbed to cancer a month ago, after a year-and-a-half secret … Continue reading

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David Bowie, dead at 69

Here am I floating round my tin can Far above the Moon Planet Earth is blue And there’s nothing I can do. David Bowie has died, as dramatically as he ever lived, even leaving us with a parting album, released … Continue reading

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Time and eternity

Captain Hook, that nefarious helmsman of the Jolly Roger, has but two fears. He fears a crocodile with a clock inside of it, and the boy who cut off and threw his hand to the selfsame crocodile. But why does … Continue reading

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God bless all clowns

I will turn their mourning into laughter and their sadness into joy. (Jeremiah 31:13) The death of Robin Williams has us all in this very strange, almost sacrilegious place of laughing amidst grief. Don’t try and fix that, because that’s … Continue reading

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