Grandpa's Passing

10 minute video including footage of me saying my goodbyes to Grandpa and thinking about his passing. (tear warning)

*The video stops near the end, but the audio continues. The visual that was lost is of grandpa on his deathbed. Maybe the universe didn’t want that imagry shown. :)*
I am working on a more uplifting video as we speak.

Grandpa’s Passing

10 minute video including footage of me saying my goodbyes to Grandpa and thinking about his passing. (tear warning)

*The video stops near the end, but the audio continues. The visual that was lost is of grandpa on his deathbed. Maybe the universe didn’t want that imagry shown. :)*
I am working on a more uplifting video as we speak.

sadness vs. tragedy

While I was cleaning out my grandpa’s vacant cocoon at Wesley Palms, a good friend was attending a memorial for a 14 year old girl.

I’m sad that my grandpa has passed, but it his death is far from tragic.

Finding the right perspective makes the sadness almost pleasant.

Bon Voyage, Grandpa Caleb!

It has been 24 hours since grandpa passed.

Thank you so much for the overflowing kindness and warmth. I truly feel the love for Grandpa and my family.

It has been especially wonderful getting notes from his old associates – people who he mentored in the church over the last 8 decades or so. He was beloved. He was kind. He was gentle. He accumulated almost no wealth and yet was wildly successful. He questioned his beliefs throughout his life…shedding the ones that didn’t resonate with his soul.
He lived in gratitude and tried to think God’s thoughts to be a tool of the divine.
He made the weight of his life matter for what he believed in. He was a peaceful warrior.

I’ll be talking/writing/editing video about him for a long time. Because he has made me who I am and remains a part of me…always.

I’ll leave you with a scan of one of my favorite pictures of him. I found the original news clipping yesterday while cleaning out his room. This picture always reminded me that Great Men are not just of myths. Great Men can walk beside you and be your peers. They can be your grandparents. And they can be You.

grandpa & mlk

Orchid Lust

This weekend I visited a GORGEOUS Orchid Farm in Leucadia.
I have been gardening for years but never have much luck getting my orchids to re-bloom. So it was a kick to see that I am not alone. In fact, the farm has an ORCHID HOTEL where you can drop off your plants after they bloom. They’ll give expert care (room & board) throughout the year and then call you when they are ready to bloom again.


(cell phone pics)

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