My mom was not a religious person at all (indeed, she was a committed secularist). So, when we had a brief ceremony at her bedside at Serenity House hospice in Santa Barbara yesterday, the day after her death, it was non-denominational and led by the Chaplain there. Beautiful blessings were offered, and the symbolism included a quilt, with an embroidered...
Mickey was one of those rare people whose thoughts, energies and life in general was devoted to the common good of all people.  She was a living treasure and a pleasure to be with.  She is dearly missed.  Edward Bear
It was always complicated, this me and you; You brought me here, and I found your sadness. Your life’s theme, struggle, defined you But, your passion and joy in beauty were so present. I strived to make it easier; I wanted to make you proud; Fighting for your attention; hoping for your ease; I confess I never felt enough. The...
At 3:45 p.m., to the coincidental strains of Blowing in the Wind (a song my mother cherished), my mother, Mickey Flacks died peacefully today at Serenity House in Santa Barbara. After 80 years of struggle, celebration, good food, good friends, loud singing, many weddings of her sons, and 60 years of marriage; plus 6 grandchildren, a published memoir, and the...

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