I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:
By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan
When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging…
An excerpt from the life of Kairan:
My mom and I are watching The Weather Channel in our condo on the east cost of Florida. We want to see how nasty things will get for us with Hurricane Irene. It turns out she's forecast to pass by us two-hundred miles out to sea, throwing 50 to 70 mph winds our way.
Robert wrote this in chat this morning, and in the context, I know he was trying to encourage Heather as she headed out to an interview today. As I thought about it, I wondered if we really think about the things we say out of habit or out of a thoughtlessness borne out of tradition or good gestures, such as saying "bless you" when someone sneezes.
We say things like that without understanding the meaning or the origins of it and it seems an acceptable way to communicate our well…Continue