Ways to the End

Susan’s mother Jane died in December. My grandmother died two years ago. Susan died six years ago. I’m the age Susan was when she died . . . I’m pleased that The MOON magazine decided to publish my piece, Ways to the End, in their April 2019 issue Death | The future we seldom speak […]

Christmas Eve, 2012

[I wrote this on Christmas Eve, 2012] The theme song of Star Trek The Next Generation, Susan’s ringtone, starts to play. Kim answers the phone. “Uh, hello?” Who could be calling from Susan’s phone? The phone is on Kim’s desk where it’s been since Susan died, exactly three weeks ago. Caller: “Hi!” Kim: “Um, who’s this?”

Should have been

Today, August 2, 2013, Susan should have been 56 years old. Instead, she died of cancer seven months and one day ago. By next month, she might have told you she was 57. She always aged herself a year, almost a year in advance. Sometimes she thought she was actually turning a year older than […]