Death of a Child

My mother’s cousin’s grandson, a healthy, active 14-year old boy recently passed away in a tragic pool accident. He was swimming in his grandmother’s pool and nobody realized he was drowning until it was too late.

I met him when he was a baby and learning to walk, but have not seen him since. He was my 2nd cousin once removed and was a third cousin to my kids. While that may not seem like a close relative, I grew up very close to his extended family.

Below is the obituary and a link to the guest book attached:

Skylar Sonn Tancredi
He was a resident of Hastingson-Hudson, NY. He passed away Saturday August 12, 2006 at the age of fourteen as a result of a tragic accident. Skylar was the beloved son of Dr. Heidi Sonn and Louis Tancredi. Skylar is also survived by his adoring sister Siena and idolized by his loving brother Sander. The members of the Sonn-Tancredi families are devastated by the loss of the light of their lives. He also leaves behind his grandparents Dr. Stanley and Sandra Sonn and Louis and Blanche Tancredi; his aunts and uncles Elliot and Eleanor Sonn, Jeff and Tracy Sonn, Karen Sonn & Bruce Koken, Lisa and Greg Eskow and Richard Tancredi; as well as his cousins, Elisha, Kian, Julian and Odessa Sonn, Reid and Savoy Koken and Michael Eskow. Skylar was about to enter his freshman year at Hastings-on-Hudson High School. He will be sorely misssed by his many friends, classmates, teachers and coaches. Skylar loved sportsmost notably basketball, football and lacrosse. He was a kind and caring human being. He had an unbelievable knack of making everyone he came in contact with feel very special. He lives on in our hearts forever. Family and close friends of Skylar are invited to call at the Edwards Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY wednesday from 3-5PM. A funeral for family and close friends will be held at 5:00PM. A public memorial service will be held Tuesday August 29 at 2:00PM at MacEachron Park, Hastings-on-Hudson. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but to honor Skylar by making a donation to the Hastings Athletic Organization or Beckett YMCA Camp. Checks should be payable to Sonn Associates PC Escrowee C/O, 385 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York 10706.
Published in the New York Times on 8/15/2006.

Link to Guestbook

Does Age Quash Our Spirit of Adventure?

from NPR:

Robert Sapolsky, a distinguished neuroscientist in his 40s, had a young assistant who played different music every day, from Sonic Youth to Minnie Pearl. That made Sapolsky crazy — and curious about why his aging ears still crave the music he loved in college. Is there a certain age when the typical American passes from the novelty stage to utter predictability?

A good, in-depth listen via Real Player.

New Blog Title

Grace helped me come up with a new title for my blog. It all started when she told me that Big Bloggy Blog was stupid. I have been playing with the idea of moving my blog to blogger hosting, and the name was taken, so I’ve been thinking of changing my title anyway.

I listed off about 20-30 names and Grace thought they we all stupid. Most of them probably were (Bottom of the Chair, Hair on my Toe Knuckles, The Voice of Madness). When she showed me her papercut, I think we were both inspired.

After living with the name for a little while, I may either move my blog, or register a new URL and forward to it. I will keep my loyal readers posted.

Travelogue Day 10 (and Final)

This is the last day of our beach trip and my many-miled journey. We woke up early and finished packing up. After checking out of our condo, and breakfast at a local pancake house, we visited Fort Fisher, a Civil War fort at the end of Kure Beach. It was not on the way off the island, but Grace wanted to go, and the island is just not that big.

We read some history, walked around, visited the gift and hit the road. Grace rode with me, and we listened to Dr. Floyd, her favorite podcast. Other than the scattered heavy rain, and uneventful trip and the end of my travel for the time being. (Pictures still coming)

Drive: Kure Beach to Chapel Hill, NC (174 miles)
Total Miles: 2528

Travelogue Day 9

This was simple day with no travel. We spent some time on the beach, some time in the shade on the deck and some time napping. Ahhh, vacation. We even had pizza delivered for dinner. All the modern conveniences (but no internet).

Before breakfast I went to Port City Java, a Wilmington, NC based coffee house trying to take over the world, to check email. There were just things that I needed to check on.