Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tribute to Frank McCourt

I recently participated in a tribute to the late Frank McCourt, Irish American author, at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. I had previously read the book, Angela's Ashes. I read it again to select excerpts to share with the audience. I rarely have the time or energy to read the same book twice, as there are so many new books from which to choose. What I discovered is that I am in a very different place from the time I first read this book, so my life experiences colored the lens through which I looked. Also, some passages really popped in light of the fact that Frank is now dead. Isn't this a mysterious and lovely part of the wonder of reading? You weave in the author's intimate thoughts with your life experiences.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Funeral Celebrant

As a Funeral Celebrant, I have witnessed many beautiful love stories about ordinary people who are extraordinary to their friends and family. You may not hear about them on the news, but they are quietly living their lives: working, playing, struggling, contributing, loving and being loved. What will your legacy be?