On examining deaths, stealing souls & creating ghosts

Today five years ago, Michael Jackson had made his transition from a living man to a dead man. He’d died. He’d passed. He’d finished his business on earth. He’d not finished seeing his children into adulthood. If he was aware of dying, I’m quite sure leaving them hurt him the most. Business was enough of […]

Brother’s Day

A week ago Micah and I flew to London. The occasion was the premiere of a choral piece my brother had composed. It was commissioned to be about the four seasons, and my brother wrote it in the year after our mother’s death, which was also the second year of his son’s life. What better […]

Blue birds of happiness

We had to postpone the birthday cake for a day because Micah wasn’t well yesterday, on Oma’s actual birthday. But how well it worked out in the end since 1. today was pi-day (3.14 etc.)! 2. Tante Rosa brought the cherry cake the day after Oma’s birth! Blue birds and cake were thoroughly enjoyed, are […]

Room without a roof

I, too, have fallen for everyone’s current favorite song. Since Pharrell’s performance at the Oscars last night I haven’t been listening to much else. “Happy…!” while folding three guys’ and one girl’s laundry, “Happy…!” while editing blog entries, “Happy…!” while getting letters for this week’s mailing ready, “Happy…!” while stamping a blue jay feather on […]