I don’t want to talk as much. It’s nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one’s heart, like treasures. I don’t like to have them laughed at or wondered over.
– L. M. Montgomery (1874 – 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
You create your opportunities by asking for them.
– Patty Hansen, Prevention Magazine, 11/05
Funerals. It seems I’ve seen a billion of ’em. My father served as a funeral director for much of my teenage years, and I helped out occasionally. Drove the family car once or twice. Stood solemnly and greeted relatives and friends as they shuffled past, looking worn out and void of hope, wearing polyester suits and smiles. And I know the agenda. The quiet hymns delicately plinked out on vintage organs. The 23rd Psalm. The Lord’s Prayer. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.
And always the words spoken. Some…
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