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March 14, 2011


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Sorry about your loss. Thank you for the reminder

Amalia Oropeza

I am so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing your memories and love for your father with us, may he forever live on in memories, love, and gratitude for life.


I am so sorry for your lost. Beautiful way to look at death and he sounds like he was a wonderful father and will forever be in your hearts

Stacey B

I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. I read the UW-Mad. news article about his life and I remember how often John referred to his work, his observations, and his wisdom. From the article it is clear that he lived a full, passionate life. thinking of you.


I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for posting this today; it has helped me through my own small grief.


Sorry to hear about your father. Thank you for sharing your sister's insight about the old-growth forest---a beautiful illustration that everything is connected.

Lori Popkewitz Alper

My heart goes out to you and your family Micaela. I am so sorry for your loss. I read the beautiful article from UW about your father. You must be so proud of him.

Katherine Malone

Thinking of you and your family - I so enjoyed reading your sister's thoughts though. They are definitely inspiring, and I hope that they continue to provide comfort for you in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Julia's Child

I am so very sorry. Sudden or not, it is always hard to take. Be well.


I'm so sorry for your loss. The death of a parent is never easy, no matter at what age or under what circumstances.


How completely beautiful for your sister to recognize this and for her to be able to spend time in that forest. Thank you for sharing with us. I know logically that this is true, but my heart goes out to you for your loss. I cried as I read this post because even at my best of understanding and celebrating life, and the circle of life, I would be humanly sad at the loss of my father. But, yes, your father certainly does seem that he is living and breathing strong in all of you!

Big, big hugs to you.


I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father.


So sorry for you loss. What a beautiful tribute to your dad.

Beth Terry @ My Plastic-free Life

Hi Micaela. Thank you for this beautiful post. As you can imagine, I've been thinking a lot about the "circle of life" too. The gratitude can be hard to summon. It comes when it wants, just like the waves of grief. It's great to have a platform to share these kinds of feelings.


I'm so sorry for your loss, Micaela. My thoughts are with you and your family.
What your sister wrote is beautiful and something I think I will be reflecting upon often. Thank you for sharing it.
Hugs to you.


Thanks everyone so very much for your kind words. It means a lot to me to be able to share both my grief and my gratitude with all of you.
May peace be with you,


Micaela, what you said about having a FULL life hit home for me. The sad part is when you leave for higher ground having not taken advantage of all the opportunities. So glad your Dad's life was full.

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