Farewell to Shadow, and all the others (September 23, 2020)
Thoughts on Samantha Mooney's memoirs of working as a veterinary technician in 1970s New York.
Eulogy for a superhero (September 17, 2020)
I plan to read this tomorrow afternoon, as my family bids a pandemic-delayed farewell to my brother Pete, who died in January.
This is all I wanted to bring home to you (January 30, 2020)
An obituary I wrote for my middle brother, and contemplation of everything I left out of it.
Goodbye, Ada (January 8, 2017)
Ten days ago, my wife and I had our cat euthanized, hours after she started a clear and rapid decline from the heart disease whose inexorable progress we had tracked for years. For all those months, Ada worked around her own failing health, still taking interest in the usual cattish things even as her body gradually allowed for fewer of them. But on that last day, after an evening of avoiding eye contact with me while struggling through increasingly labored breathing, she padded into the kitchen after midnight, looked up at me, and meowed.
A eulogy (September 13, 2016)
Text I read at my mother’s funeral:
An obituary (May 16, 2013)
He was born to Caroline and Charles McIntosh on December 7, 1930, and grew up in Rockland. After serving stateside in the US Air Force during the Korean War, he worked for decades as a salesperson for Armstrong World Industries, raising a family in the South Shore area of Massachusetts with his wife Dorothy.