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 Posted: Fri Dec 28th, 2012 08:38 pm
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We are, after all,
human beings

we do
inconsequential

things:
like today

I wrote an obit
for Jerry,

compressing
his whole life

into twelve
dollars;

the cost
a newspaper

charged by-
the-word

so others
can remind

themselves
of life’s nuances

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Been there, done that, timmy. The obit writers at The Chicago Sun-Times are incredible. Almost every day they take an "ordinary" Chicago person who has recently died and write a full feature story about them in the obituary section. A woman, a chimney sweep who used to do our chimney, passed away. It was her to a "T." They do a great job. Studs Turkel and Aaron Copland would be proud.

"Fanfare for the Common Man"

IMR

P.S. And, timmy, I can not imagine anyone more capable to write an obit "compressing his whole life into 12 dollars" who could illuminate more about a friend in such a brief space.

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