My last post was pretty solemn, and this one will be too, which is odd since actually it is a very bright, happy time in my life. Perhaps we are drawn to opposites? More likely it is that the combination of summer and its joys and the upcoming changes the Fall will bring are making me all the more pensive.
In the last couple of days I read one thing, and listened to another, both of which made me cry, reaching my very core (and no I am not pms’ing, that’s another story…). Rather then tweeting the links for them to be swallowed up, I thought I’d point you to them here, along with my plea that you take five minutes to read and listen to these Incredibly moving stories. Not stories, as in fiction… these are about as real as real can be, painfully, beautifully real.
The first I came across via “Freshly Pressed,” which for those not familiar with WordPress, is their showcase for interesting blogs.
(Whispering) Usually I don’t find them all that interesting, but then again I’m not your average reader I suppose.
This one, however, blew me away, and clearly had the same effect on others based on the deluge of comments (which the author addresses in the second link). The first link is to the original post. The second is the author’s followup. The subject of the post, Paul Lamb, as photographed by the blog’s author, Scott Dalzell, appears here. An incredible photograph, an incredible life lived.
The second is from “The Moth,” a great source for a laugh or a cry, although you never know which when you click on “play,” but always heartfelt and achingly real. This one took me by surprise, and left me paralyzed for a moment, blinking away the tears. Very important story of love and loss, incredibly relevant.