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Eulogy for my friend Jody

 

Devastating grief compels me to go completely off topic today. I’m sad to report the suicide of a long-time friend. She was a brilliant, funny, most excellent woman, and I am crushed by her loss (as are so many of our shared friends). As my way of coping, I often draft a list of lessons I’ve learned from friends and family who have died. Here’s my list from Jody:

Lessons I Learned from Jody

Novels make more sense when you skip certain parts now and go back later.

Cinnamon toast and real hot cocoa are the perfect afternoon snack

Chatting start to finish makes baseball games more fun.

Men who obsess about condiments aren’t worth the bother.

To emphasize your point, slip your hair behind your ears, gesture wildly with your hands, and use outrageous analogies.

Live your politics in your heart.

Keep laughter in your eyes.

And, when the path you’re on doesn’t seem right, make a change.

 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Champion of My Heart - January 8, 2008

Pup politico

I love to vote. Love it. Love it. I can remember getting an absentee ballot sent to me in college, and that was back in the day when you had to have a witness/notary stamp your ballot
before returning it by mail. But, because I live in a state where the presidential primary/caucus doesn’t mean much, I usually don’t pay much attention to the campaigns until later. Until the ABC
both-parties-in-one-night debate on Saturday, I had not watched any of the 30,000 battles so far. It was one of those nights, however, so I tuned in my TV and did …

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