Tag Archives: life and death

On today’s fatality at Washtenaw Intermediate Middle Academy

An eighth grader at my daughter’s school passed away at about 2:30 this afternoon, after either falling or jumping from the roof of the building. Linette was waiting in front of the building to pick Clementine up when word came out that the school was on “lockdown” due to a “medical emergency.” She and I […]

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Thinking about death, the legacy we leave behind, and David Bowie’s Blackstar

I had the occasion to spend some time this afternoon with a friend who, in spite of serious ongoing health issues, is launching a new social venture intended to bring resources to third-world farmers. When discussing his decision to launch something incredibly ambitious at this point in his life, when his heart is only functioning […]

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Is it morbid that I’ve satarted a “my obituary” file?

I’m home sick from work today, having succumb to the flu that knocked out everyone else in the family last week. And, as if this weren’t enough, an incredibly heavy object fell onto my left foot last night as I was making my way to the bathroom, causing, among other things, my back to go […]

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The darker side of Clementine

Clementine’s second grade teacher reads this site. Yesterday, she wrote to request that I post another installment of Totally Quotable Clementine. Unfortunately, as I explained to her last night, there haven’t been a lot of charming moments these past few weeks. I mean, there are, of course, moments where Clementine says interesting things, but I […]

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On death, bikes, cancer and the practice of aggressive moderation

Continuing our conversation on local news sites and their policies concerning the removal of people’s comments, it’s been brought to my attention that the recently launched AnnArbor.com site is already making good on their promise to “aggressively moderate” the contributions of their readers. Apparently, yesterday, reader comments following a short article on the tragic death […]

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