Jewish Book: Saving Myself, a Los Angeles Childhood
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A Los Angeles Childhood - Supernova
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 10:58

He never stopped: thinking, planning, living, weaving, teaching. His smile captured his spirit.

His work vibrated color of koans. This was the work he was doing when I met him through his partner, Greg.

His photo in the New Mexican had an article that talked about his work and his death. There was disbelief in the voices of people who were close to him.

His family came to celebrate his life at the memorial at La Tienda in Eldorado, Santa Fe this past April.

His friends spoke of the footprints in the snow between quarters at the monastery where he was for ten years. His best friend took in all of the weavings that filled the walls. One woman took out her checkbook to purchase one of the few remaining works for sale.

How we all ate wonderful Salvadoran food and laughed and gathered to celebrate him and to realize that we are here. Life goes by too quickly. Do it now, whatever it is!

There is a quote from Michelangelo to his assistant, "Paint, Antonio, paint, and do not tarry."

There are three tenets I learned from Natalie Goldberg: Continue under all circumstances. Don't get tossed away. Make positive effort for the good.

The red and white dishtowel I use this morning was a past Christmas gift from him.

James Kohler: May his life be for a blessing.

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