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Kermit B. Marsh, April 2010

The last time I saw my father alive we talked.   Our conversations had

become increasingly incoherent as time went by.   This one was no different.   We

talked... and then he was tired.   I helped him to his bed, and he went to


I sat in silence for an hour while he slept.   Then I kissed his forehead

and bade him good-bye.   I walked away from the nursing home where he had spent

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the last eight years.

The next time I saw my father he was laid out in his coffin.   We brought

him to the grave yard to lay his weary bones to rest.

In that last hour I listened to the quiet sounds, the quiet voice within.  

There are remembrances of conversations past.   Conversations with this son

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of Mother Earth... this problem solver, this man who liked to make things


I remember a generation earlier...

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I am an Architect, strong yet sensitive and gentle. I like to make things work. I am fascinated with words, their origins and their meanings. I am a dreamer and a hopeless romantic.

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