Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Writer's Craft

"I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
open the paper and read the obits.
If I'm not there I know I'm not dead,
so I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed." Pete Seeger, Get Up and Go

Writers write. They come in all shapes, all sizes and all ability levels. Some are funny. Some melancholy. Some....

Walter Bruhl, Jr. has an obit worth reading, if only for two reasons. First, whoever wrote it (I suspect the late Mr. Bruhl may have had a hand in it) is a genius. Second - in lieu of flowers he requested a random act of kindness toward someone less fortunate. (HT Powerline). Done.

 I lift my University of Maine School of Law coffee cup to you, sir. I wish you fair winds, following seas and an attentive audience in heaven for your irreverent wit.


  1. I read it. It was the first time that I laughed reading an obit! Thanks Jim.

  2. Thanks, Judy. I was impressed not just with his talent but the manner in which he faced his own mortality. Whether it was faith, acceptance or something akin his parting commentary seems to have tickled millions. What an interesting man.