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March 12th! Seen on my horrible awful no good run today.

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We loved Kyoto Station, and not just for the cute cat posters or the awesome 1:100 Lego model of the building.

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Snow monkeys in Japan:

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The last few months have been nutso, but we're finally talking about our trip to Japan again.

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Every year I bake cookie plates for the holidays, donating the ingredients and time and making them for friends and family and coworkers for a $20 donation. It's a way to spread holiday cheer and donate more money and raise awareness for the causes I love than I could afford to donate on my own. Last year I raised $1200, which I was super proud of.

This year was tough. I had to decide the night after Dad died whether I wanted to call the whole thing off. Ultimately I decided that it would keep me busy and that Dad loved cookies, so doing it as a way to honor him seemed like a good idea. I didn't raise as much money as last year, but I know I did as much baking as I was mentally and physically able to so I am ok with that. This year I raised $800 and baked about 1000 cookies. Dad was always proud of me but I think he would have been impressed by that.

If you're interested in the charities I sponsor, they are:
1) Centre ValBio, run by Stonybrook University in Madagascar. We fell deeply in love with the lemurs we met in the Ranamofana area. Right now the slashing and burning of land for agriculture is making the situation for lemurs a critical one. These are such interesting mammals, who don't live and thrive anywhere in the world but this island, this region, this very forest.

2) The Dragonfly Association, the charity associated with a restaurant in Siem Reap (near the amazing temples of Angkor Wat) called Haven. Haven trains kids who "age out" of the orphanages there in how to work in a restaurant, use computers, cook in a professional kitchen. We've seen firsthand that they're doing good work, and where the money donated goes.
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Happy Birthday +John Bump!

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Thank you, +John Bump and +Nikki Biefel for this pic of me with my dad. I have fewer of them than I thought I did. And this is one of his more real smiles.

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It's incredibly difficult to encapsulate a life as large as my father's (or in truth, anyone's life) in 200 words. But then again there aren't enough words to really capture who Dad was and what he meant to everyone he knew anyway. I did my best.

The part I feel really speaks Dad's truth is this: The only friends he didn’t make were people he never met.

I hope he was your friend.

These words below aren't mine (they belong to W.H. Auden), but along with the e.e. cummings poem I shared before, it's the one that I know enough by heart to have it keep running through my head. He was a great, great man. It feels like there is a little less light in the world, or at least my corner of it.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message 'He is Dead'.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
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