Category Archives: obituary

The poignant words of a dying woman

This is a somber read for a Saturday, and it’s supposed to be my “day off,” which means I work for 6 hours instead of nine. When I finish this, I’m going to take a long walk, though I won’t see any penguins. But I’ll be thinking of Josie Rubio on the way. Rubio was […]

Why Grania died

Every day I feel keenly the loss of Grania from my life—and from this site. She wasn’t quite 50 when she collapsed in front of the clinic in Ireland and died; CPR didn’t help. Several days before that, she had passed out in her apartment after vomiting, but didn’t remember the vomiting. Then, for several […]

Toni Morrison died

According to CNN, author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has died at 88. I’ve read two of her books (Beloved and The Bluest Eye) and enjoyed them both. Besides her Nobel for literature, she won a Pulitzer Prize (for Beloved) and received the National Medal of Freedom from President Obama, shown in the photo below. […]

Frank the Kitten died

UPDATE: See two rounds of added pictures at the bottom. __________ It is with the utmost sadness, and tears in my eyes, that I must report that Frank the Kitten died in surgery yesterday. It’s especially sad because we all had great hopes for him, because a CT scan had shown that he had an […]

Pete Moulton died

I was shocked to hear that Pete Moulton, a regular contributor of fabulous bird, mammal and insect photos to this site, died on March 29.  I don’t know what happened except that Diana MacPherson, who along with me was Pete’s Facebook friend, said he’d been in and out of the hospital. I never met Pete […]

Grania’s memorial service

Michael Nugent kindly filmed Grania’s memorial service in Cork, including words from her sisters and her friends (including me), and he also put pictures from the service on the Atheist Ireland website. The 43-minute YouTube video is embedded below, and I’ve added a few pictures from Michael’s website below that. As I write this on […]

More tributes to Grania

Atheist Ireland (AI) posted a lovely tribute to Grania on its site yesterday. It was written by its President, Michael Nugent—who knew Grania well—and tells about her activities for AI (she was one of its founders as well as its first secretary), her penchant for gaming, and other things I did not put in my […]

Grania died

This is very hard to write, and is written through tears. Grania Spingies, a very good friend—though I never met her in person—and someone who, as you probably know, did an enormous amount for this website, passed away yesterday in Cork, Ireland. She was only 49, and would have turned 50 on the 23rd of […]

Murray Gell-Mann died

UPDATE: There is a celebration of Gell-Man’s life, “Remembering Murray“, at the Edge website, where many physicists, friends, and physicist-friends pay tribute to the man. __________   By now most of you probably know that famed physicist Murray Gell-Mann died Friday at the age of 89. He won the Nobel Prize in 1969 for “for […]

The BBC’s Hitchens remembrance

A few days ago I directed you to an hourlong BBC show about the life and work of Christopher Hitchens, who, had he lived, would have been 70 on April 13. If you haven’t yet heard it, I recommend it highly. You can listen to the program by clicking on the third screenshot below (or […]