Tag: death

  • Facing Death

    October 1, 2015

    This is a recording of my Aunt Alice. She was placed on hospice care a few weeks ago, shortly afterwards. I was helping her with her physical therapy the day I recorded it.  I wanted to record this to help me remember her and hopefully save a few stories that the dementia hadn’t erased. Thankfully,... Read More

  • Death on the Tracks

    July 27, 2010

    I took the 4:36p New Jersey Transit express train home today from Penn Station. It was supposed to arrive at 5:50p in Trenton. Instead, I arrived in Trenton just before 8 o’clock. It started like a typical train ride. Tunnel, Newark, Secaucus. As we approached the New Brunswick station, though, the conductor announced that there... Read More

  • Nancy Jean Clum (1958 – 2010)

    February 9, 2010

    I had the privilege of calling this woman my mother-in-law. I know that phrase that often stirs up a lot of negative stereotypes, but if anyone could rescue the term, it was this remarkable woman. She was a woman of priorities. Nancy was willing to set aside a blossoming career so she could raise her... Read More

  • Please Don’t Wait

    January 23, 2008

    Today, I received word that my good friend Sarah (Roegner) O’Dell passed away. December of 2006, her husband, Aaron, invited me out to a birthday celebration for her. I couldn’t go because I was heading up our New Year’s Eve service at church. I promised to call and promptly forgot. I kept meaning to call,... Read More

  • Goodbye, Seven

    September 10, 2007

    In my mailbox today I found a slightly crumpled paper with the picture of a tabby cat on it: PLEASE KEEP AN [clipart of an eye] OPEN FOR MY LITTLE LOST CAT. HIS NAME IS “SEVEN” AND HE IS ONLY ONE YEAR OLD! IF FOUND OR SITED PLEASE CALL. My thoughts went immediately back to... Read More