exordia

"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

From R. Andrew Chestnut: "Santa Muerte"

The author of "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint" with a nice story on Huffington Post about this strange topic.

Paul Fauks

Director of minor-league operations for the Cardinals -- via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Alexis Weissenberg

Pianist -- via artsjournal.com.

Gatewood Gailbraith

Pro-marijuana activist -- via

Gale Hess

Violinist -- via thescoopblog.dallasnews.com.

Danny "Rio" DeGennaro

Guitarist -- via jambands.com.