Category Archives: obituary

Olivia de Havilland died

Gone With the Wind was made in 1939, and Olivia de Havilland, who played the stolid Melanie in that film, was 23.  de Havilland, who did far in her life than play Melanie, died yesterday at 104 at her home in France, where she’d lived for seventy years. I had no idea she was still alive. […]

Grania died a year ago

It was on June 16, 2019—just a year ago today—that Grania Spingies died, collapsing at the door of a clinic in Cork, Ireland while she waited for help. She’d been ill for a while, and had resisted my orders to go to the doctor (she disliked medicos). In September of that year, we learned from […]

NBC News, reporting Jerry Stiller’s death, touts heaven

The great comedian Jerry Stiller, who often performed with his wife Anne Meara, passed away this morning at age 92. Reporting on his life and comedy, NBC News finished the report with these words: “Meara passed away five years ago. Now this legendary pair is laughing together again.” Now if that isn’t a paean to […]

NYT kicks a dying man—because he’s a right-winger

Rush Limbaugh is dying: he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which has a survival rate of well below 10%. I suppose it’s that diagnosis, as well as Limbaugh’s relentless promotion of Donald Trump, that prompted Trump to bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on him at Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Limbaugh […]

Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Oh dear, you never know when something like this will suddenly take away a young life. Basketball great Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players ever, was just killed in a helicopter crash. Click on the CNN screenshot to get the live updates. He was only 41, and had four daughters. It’s horrible.  

The poignant words of a dying woman

This is a somber read for a Saturday, and it’s supposed to be my “day off,” which means I work for 6 hours instead of nine. When I finish this, I’m going to take a long walk, though I won’t see any penguins. But I’ll be thinking of Josie Rubio on the way. Rubio was […]

Why Grania died

Every day I feel keenly the loss of Grania from my life—and from this site. She wasn’t quite 50 when she collapsed in front of the clinic in Ireland and died; CPR didn’t help. Several days before that, she had passed out in her apartment after vomiting, but didn’t remember the vomiting. Then, for several […]

Toni Morrison died

According to CNN, author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has died at 88. I’ve read two of her books (Beloved and The Bluest Eye) and enjoyed them both. Besides her Nobel for literature, she won a Pulitzer Prize (for Beloved) and received the National Medal of Freedom from President Obama, shown in the photo below. […]

Frank the Kitten died

UPDATE: See two rounds of added pictures at the bottom. __________ It is with the utmost sadness, and tears in my eyes, that I must report that Frank the Kitten died in surgery yesterday. It’s especially sad because we all had great hopes for him, because a CT scan had shown that he had an […]

Pete Moulton died

I was shocked to hear that Pete Moulton, a regular contributor of fabulous bird, mammal and insect photos to this site, died on March 29.  I don’t know what happened except that Diana MacPherson, who along with me was Pete’s Facebook friend, said he’d been in and out of the hospital. I never met Pete […]