For Loida

life is too short
for worries you can’t take to your grave
no matter what our weaknesses,
be kind, be true, be brave
be real, be happy,
be you
be authentic no matter
what you decide to do

you were here one day
and then on Sunday, you were gone
so much work yet to be done
life is simply too short
and so unfair –
i still can’t believe you’re gone.

Note: I’m shocked as I lie in my bed tonight half the world away, having just learned my cousin died of a heart attack at 48. It’s so weird how Facebook has become the only avenue for people to connect and record passages. Still, she was too young… Rest In Peace, Loida ❤️

We Never Truly Know


We never truly know what goes on behind closed doors
For behind each smile could hide a frown
Behind each happy face that we see and ignore
There’s someone who needs a little lift because he’s down

We never truly know what prompts each word others speak
Was it really a happy thought or was it sad?
There’s so much in this world that we seek
Yet not everything we get in return makes us glad

We never truly know what hides behind the laughter
Is it only concealing the darkness, the utter despair?
Still there even when the sun rises after
Never seeing the ones who love you, still standing there.


Philip Seymour Hoffman, You Left Us Too Soon…

Such a sad sad day…

Love, Sex & Other Dirty Words

philip-seymour-hoffmanOscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday.

He was 46.

Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

via Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead: Actor Dies in New York | Variety.

I’m so saddened and shocked by this.  He was such a talented man and one I greatly admired for his talent as an actor and theater director.  Unpretentious and dedicated to his craft.

When I started out writing independent movie reviews for a local newspaper, my first ever interview (face to face) was with his friend Dan Futterman, who would later direct Hoffman in Capote, one of my favorite movies which Futterman also wrote.  Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an amazing movie.


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