My Father’s Death: His Final Lesson

  My father died recently. This is something that I suppose happens to us all, in the end, if we are lucky enough to make it that far in life. It was news that I had been expecting for a long time. He was a heavy smoker. He was very fond of the hooch. We…

It Gets Easier When You Get Older

Nearing another birthday has caused me to wax reflective, but probably not in the way you’d think. If anything, turning the corner into my thirties has made me chill out. It’s as if I’ve finally accumulated enough hindsight to realize that most things aren’t a big deal and that attachment and anger both look pretty…

A Good Death – and a Reluctant Letting Go

Milo’s work is done. We said goodbye to him on Monday morning, as he went to sleep peacefully. He had the help of our vet on his journey, the last hugs from his boys before they left for school, and our tears soaking into his fur. It seemed easy for him, compared to the struggle…