Obit (an acceptable word in Words With Friends)

August 8, 2016. Urbana, Illinois. I died. Presumably from respiratory failure. An obituary is generally a short account of someone’s life but if you have read the blog you know my story so I’m not going to repeat it here. But it occurred to me that someone newly diagnosed with ALS may stumble across my little corner of the interweb looking for advice. The only advice I would offer that person would be the same advice I’d offer anyone. It may sound simplistic but it can change your life if you live by it. And that is if there is something that is important to you to do or say, do it. Do it now.

That’s all. It’s been a hell of a ride.

Peace, love and midwives


Oh and one last thing. If you’re inclined to make a charitable donation, the following two organizations are close to my heart.

Follow this link for the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation

and this link for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

55 thoughts on “Obit (an acceptable word in Words With Friends)

  1. A great Love and Peace fill my breast this morning as I finally followed the prompting to look again at Ray’s blog. He has been near recently, and now as I read of his mortal end, I am brought back to the treat it was to know him and to be blessed by the invitation to, long ago, be a part of the Spooners story and to have them forever as part of mine. I still cherish you all, still wish we lived closer, and am grateful for the blog that has helped me remember what a remarkable man Ray is. A gentle reminder that I will pay attention to beauty, live honestly and love more fully. Peace, Love and Midwives to you, Rae.


  2. Ray (and family)… I just learned of your trials and very sad end. I had every intention of fulfilling the promise I made you after my 1st son, Jonah was born. I was searching for you thru the wonderful vessel we call the internet, in order to send you a picture of him as he turned 16 years old today. My heart is so heavy by the discovery of this news. I am now filled with many memories of you as you took care of me throughout both my pregnancies and deliveries (even though, during my 2nd one you thought I could fly solo) You’d be happy to know both boys are doing well and are healthy.

    I will pray for your eternal peace and your families healing.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you!
    May the Lord’s countenance shine upon you and be gracious to you!
    May the Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace!

    (* I am unable to post a picture of Jonah or Kiel, but I attached my facebook page if you’d like to see how these delightful boys are growing into wonderful young men.)


  3. Ray, sorry could only do a few revolutions, just had a surgery on my back, please forgive me. Here’s to a gentleman, friend to so many and one very determined individual.
    Keep clocking up the miles wherever you are.
    Love David and Norma
    Besford England


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