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This is long. Sorry.  But it's a lecture I gave last month at the University of Michigan.

 

A beautiful Easter Sunday here in Cambridge, with yellow tulips in bloom in my front yard. I remember childhood Easters in Pennsylvania  and the frustration of having to wear a coat, covering up the new dress that I would wear to Sunday School. New clothes were a big deal then. Twice a year we would take a trip to Harrisburg---I think only about 18 miles, but it seemed a huge excursion---my sister, mother, and I, (it was a ritual that my sister and I held our breath while we drove across the bridge that crossed the Susquhanna River)  and go to a big department store to get new clothes.  Following the shopping we would go to the park in front of the capital building, and feed the pigeons with peanuts from a vendor with a cart. Everything seemed adventurous and exciting back in those days when kids were not overloaded with advetures and excitement.  

I am always aware when I start to fall into "in my day..." tales of simpler times, and how I rolled my eyes in feigned boredom as an adolescent when my mother did the same thing. How I treasure her stories now! Some years ago, in a book called The Silent Boy, which is set in a small Pennsylvania town in the early 1900s, I used some of those childhood stories of my mother's. She was gone by the time I wrote that book (which is illustrated with old photographs, including some of her).

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My mother's aunt, my Great Aunt Mary, was a photographer in the early twentieth century and left some remarkable photographs, including this one from 1910.

Happy Easter.


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Clay Monday, 29 November 1999

I know you will remember all of the wonderful time you spent together, the places you visited, the meals you shared, and especially what it meant to be together - even silently.

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

"I am not solitary whilst I read an write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile."
-Emerson
Peace..

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Wilma Boob Monday, 29 November 1999

So sorry for your loss. May you be comforted in the days to come.

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Merete Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for writing beautiful words, even in this. May you receive comfort in your pain! I'm an avid reader of your writing, but haven't posted before.

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Toby Speed Monday, 29 November 1999

So sorry for your loss.

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Ana L. Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for sharing such a special touching moment with such incredible peace and beautiful heartfelt words. May you be comforted until you are together again. I hope you continue to write.

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Angela L. Fox Monday, 29 November 1999

You have my best thoughts and wishes with condolences for your loss. Thank you for sharing this and Martin with us. The picture is beautiful, and I suspect Martin was also.

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Naomi Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry for your loss. That's a beautiful picture.

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Cynthia Pratt Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry

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Jessika Monday, 29 November 1999

So very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful life you shared with Martin.

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Jane Monday, 29 November 1999

I was so sad to read about your loss. Thank you for sharing this lovely photo. I hope peace and comfort find you soon.

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I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

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Vtmbeck Monday, 29 November 1999

So sorry for the loss of your beloved Martin. May your loving memories be a comfort to you and your family!

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Megan Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry to hear about Martin. You and your family are in my thoughts...

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Deanna Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry. I feel the pain in your words, but I love the way you described the passage of death. I experienced that same beauty when my sister passed away. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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Mary Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Ms. Lowry, I am praying for you during this time that you would be able to rest in the comfort and love of those who gather around you, both in person and through your words.

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Jason Oller Monday, 29 November 1999

I am sorry for your loss, Ms. Lowry. I hope you find comfort in this time. You will be in my prayers.

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Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

I have been waiting and waiting to comment on this post - hoping better words would come but of course there aren't many helpful words.
I'm so sorry.

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Jeni Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for sharing your life. I am so sorry for your loss. I believe you will be together again some day

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Kelly Inman Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry for your loss. My mother died on January 31. I was so grateful to get her out of the hospital, one much like the one you describe, and into hospice for her end of life care. I will keep you, Martin, and your family in my prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
Kelly Inman

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