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August 6, 2009

This Wonderful Life: Open letter to a friend whose mother is dying


My experience has not borne out that philosophy. I know my mother is with me. I can’t tell you exactly how I know, although I could point to a thousand little things. It’s a non-negotiable fact. I feel it. My brother feels it. My son feels it and even my daughters who never met her feel it.

That doesn’t make what you’re going through now any easier. I wish I had something to offer for that - something more substantial than small-batch whiskey and the Marx Brothers and my love.

Then again, what else is there?

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