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Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview

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A few days ago, Leonard Cohen, one of the finest poets and songwriters of our times, passed away at the age of 82. But just before he died, about a month ago, David Remnick of The New Yorker interviewed him.

I was shocked and saddened by the news of his death. I didn’t know that he was very sick, because he wanted to keep his illness private, until today when I listened to David Remnick’s interview.

At one point in the interview he said:

I’m ready to die. I just hope that it’s not uncomfortable.

Poignant though the interview was, it was always accompanied by Cohen’s self-deprecating humor.

Cohen always found comfort in his religion; he was a practicing Jew. Since he was a child, he always carried within himself a sense of God’s presence. And he felt that, every now and then, God spoke to him. At one point in the interview, Cohen said that God was still speaking to him. But he was no longer the harsh, judgmental and vindictive God of his youth.

Towards the end of his life he found a compassionate and merciful God.

Since the early 70s he also practiced Zen meditation. In the mid-90s he stayed in a Zen monastery. He only left the monastery 7 years ago when he found out that his manager defrauded him of his lifetime savings. Left with almost nothing for his retirement and his kids, he decided to work again. He published his first book of poems after 20 years. Then proceeded to tour, performing in sold-out concerts for the 4 next years.

At any rate, he suffered from debilitating pain due to his illness. Unable to take his pain killing medicines, his Zen practice came in handy. He was able to cope with his pain through meditation, enabling him to work on and finish his last album, You Want It Darker, which I consider his parting gift to each of us.

If you’re interested to listen to David Remnick’s interview please click this link:

Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview

–Matt

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November 12, 2016 at 8:08 pm

The Bucket List

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The Bucket List

You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?

— From the movie The Bucket List

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September 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

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Rest in Peace, Irene

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I feel so sad. Today I heard the news that my cousin, Irene, lost her five-year battle with cancer. She was only 53 years old… It was as if it was only yesterday when we played together as kids during those summer vacations… Rest in peace, Irene…

A photo of Irene (2nd from left) when we were kids... From left to right: Tina(my sister), Irene, Dino(my cousin), Joey(Irene's brother), Myself, Jac(my sister)... At the back: Gerry(my brother), Monina(Irene's sister)

A photo of Irene (2nd from left) when we were kids… From left to right: Tina(my sister), Irene, Dino(my cousin), Joey(Irene’s brother), Myself, Jac(my sister)… At the back: Gerry(my brother), Monina(Irene’s sister)

From Irene’s daughter and my niece, Cristine:

About 5:35 am, my mom took her last breath. Marvin (Irene’s partner) and JC (Irene’s son)  were with her all night and they called me early. She was surrounded by loved ones til the very last breath.

There are no words to convey how much sadness fills our hearts, or how great of a loss she is to many, but at least she is no longer fighting a losing battle. Cancer has no hold on her anymore and her spirit is now alive, as it should be, and she is on her way to reunite with her father, Fidel, and God.

Please pray for her and her new journey to heaven. Thank you for all your love and support and everything in between. We will let you know about upcoming arrangements, once they are done.

Remember her beautiful smile and know she can smile big again without the pains of cancer.

Thank you, Cristine

–Matt

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October 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

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Rest In Peace, Robin Williams

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Saddened when I heard that Robin Williams suddenly passed away today. I hope he’s now at peace…

Here’s a quote from one of his movies, Dead Poets Society, which incidentally is one of my favorite movies:

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

— Matt

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August 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

Gone Too Soon

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Danica

Danica

Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

Michael Jackson

We dedicate this post to Danica – the 10-year-old daughter of our good friends, Dante and Emily – who suddenly passed away last July 8… Goodbye, Danica. We will miss you…

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July 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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