This is an fabulous annual race that brings some of the top local college, club, and high school runners. Put on by several volunteers, it is a very exciting race to watch and photograph. I decided to edit them in black and white (except for one photo which had to remain color!)
“To live in this world, you must be able to do these things:
to love what is mortal, to hold it against your bones, knowing your own life depends upon it;
and then, when the time comes to let it go, let it go.”
I wanted to write a few words and post some photographs about our friend Linda Goodemote who passed away this week. I fully understand that it is not possible to capture the essence of this magnificent woman in this space. But I did feel the need to share my gratitude for having known her and being friends with her. First things first…I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to her family who were so gracious in sharing Linda with so many friends who loved her dearly. I met her 13 years ago at Winchester Hospital and felt so enriched by our friendship. We always had so much to talk about. I was invited to take photographs of her gorgeous family on several occasions and I included several images in this post.
Hopefully, everyone knows this quality of person. Hopefully, everyone has a few of these people in their lives. I call them angels. People who are able to read a complicated life situation and come up with one succinct response that has a real effect in real time. People that have experienced an extraordinary range of human experience, from profound grief to joy, and are able to help others with this experience because that is the thing to do. Never judgemental, always sensitive. This was the Linda that I knew. In our friendship, we started out on a high note and never wavered. She changed the way I looked at the word “selfless” and she made it a good thing. She once correctly summarized my life in one phrase when she said that I could have fun in a paper bag.
Professionally, she worked for Salter Healthcare as a patient evaluator for nursing homes and rehabs and Winchester Hospital was her account for about 20 years. She loved her work and it showed. She brought her best each day which made our jobs easier. She made me look good about 1000 times over by finding a solution to a difficult patient/family situation.
Beyond all, she was very humble, honest, and deeply spiritual. She knew the true meaning of sacrifice. She wasn’t perfect, but other than that she was perfect. She was simply a wonderful lady, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She understood the importance of the “daily check-in” between friends and would always ask how my Milo was. In 2014 when I did my 8 mile swim fundraiser for Milo’s surgery, she hung around for hours waiting for me to arrive and she was the first person I noticed when I came out of the water.
Two days before Linda died I had the privilege of spending about 5 minutes with her alone. I had the opportunity to tell her I was sorry for her pain and tell her what she meant to me. For me to be in her presence in that moment was so powerful. I felt intense gratitude and sadness all at once. It was the last gift that she gave me. I know that I have a responsibility to live as she did, loving as best I can, sacrificing as generously as I can.
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver:
“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees one hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile, the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting, over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
…I met up with Cajordion in Provincetown yesterday to do a quick photoshoot on a gorgeous trail in the dunes. They are a perfect combination of fine musicians, fun entertainers, and so spontaneous and engageable. They were so easy and fun to hang with for one hour! Here I present 70 quick edits…