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Today Is The Last Day Of Summer

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hopeToday, I look back just like I would at the end of each year, enumerating year-end (or in this case, season-end) realizatons, both significant and trivial. Autumn feels like a new beginning, much like a brand new year, when most activities center on getting kids ready for the new school year. New notebooks, new clothes, new pencils, new classmates, new teachers… everything just feels so fresh.

We’re only a little over halfway through the year, but I can’t help but feel that it’s about time 2009 bids us all that much awaited adieu. Of course, it may be different for you, but if there’s one thing that stood out for me this year, it was death.

Sure, people die each year, but death seems so much more provocative this year. It could’ve been heavily influenced by the media, but I was left shocked and speechless from one obituary to the next, which rarely happens to me.

Deaths this year, from Michael Jackson to Adam Goldstein to young film critics Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, and just recently, the Eguids, just seemed so… hasty. Unceremonious. Inappropriate.

Do you also feel that? Maybe not. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m being melodramatic. Of course deaths are supposed to be sudden. Well, not in my book. Not in that way, at least. Not because of possible foul play, suicide, and worst of all, murder.

It’s officially autumn tomorrow, and from its seeds of newness, I wish to cultivate the fruit of second chances. Of hope. Of life. I’m not running away from the shittiness of yesterday. I would still look back disconsolately but from now on, without letting it bog down my spirit. Here’s to autumn. Here’s to new life.

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Written by Karla Mercado

September 22, 2009 at 2:26 am

I’m melting I’m melting I’m…

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Here’s a little excerpt that perfectly describes my general sentiments toward human life and why I think the beginning, end, and everything in between are the most fascinating realities anyone could ever encounter.

The Wicked Witch of the West is Melting!

“Life contains these things:
leakage and wickage and discharge,
pus and snot and slime and gleet.
We are biology.
We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end,
at birth and at death.
In between we do what we can to forget.”
(Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers)

The book is wonderful by the way. You don’t have to have the same weird, morbid fascination that I have to enjoy it.  It’s a light and witty way to look at mortality. Yes, it’s possible. 😛

Written by Karla Mercado

May 3, 2009 at 1:28 am

Posted in Introspection, Science

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