"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Friday, August 27, 2010

Michael J. Dugan 1958-2010

For some reason September feels like the beginning of the year for me.  It probably goes back to childhood and school starting in September and all the new TV shows starting in September too.  Silly, I know.  But as the Wonder Bread commercials used to tell us, "These are our formative years."

So with the ever-so-slight feel of autumn in the air and September almost here, I've been reflecting on the past year and it was a tough one for sure.  Jack's brother, Michael, came east from Montana last summer to live with us while undergoing treatment for a recurrence of melanoma.  Unfortunately, what had worked previously did not this time around.  He underwent some really wretched treatments in an attempt to address some of his symptoms and at least try to keep the cancer at bay.  Nothing really worked and Michael died in July.

It was a long year for him and for the rest of the family too.  Next weekend Jack and his other brothers, Peter and Jim, are taking Michael's ashes back to Montana to scatter among some of Michael's favorite places.  

One year ends and another begins.  I feel like this is a new year and yet another chance to do some of the things I really want to do, like more art!  So here's to doing more art everyday!  Yay!

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