Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Columbia Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado
Styx: sacred river of unbreakable oath. Styx is also the name of a goddess and is the only female river. To swear by the Styx was the most holy oath a god could make.
Phlegethon: river of fire. It burns but does not consume.
Acheron: river of woe. The dead are ferried across by Charon, if they have been fortunate enough to have been supplied with the fare by their loved ones.
Cocytus: river of lamentation. Those who cannot pay the fare wander here, wailing, for a hundred years.
Lethe: river of forgetfulness. Drink here and forget.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
One Friday night in February, Eric C., 16, tried to kill himself with a drug overdose. He was mostly successful. He wound up in intensive care, his life hanging by a thread, and that thread tied to this earth by high-tech machines. There was no hope, though, and so on Sunday his parents gave permission to remove him from life-support. In this way they finished the job they themselves had started on Friday afternoon, when Eric told them he was gay and they kicked him out of the house. He was a sophomore at Fairview High School and an acquaintance of my children. I don't know where he's been laid to rest.