when the law firm i work at moved to another building, another file clerk and i threw away an entire law library of beautiful, old books. i’ve never felt more fascist; we must have filled up two of those dumpsters.
“Concerning trees and leaves… there’s a real power here. It is amazing that trees can turn gravel and bitter salts into these soft-lipped lobes, as if I were to bite down on a granite slab and start to swell, bud and flower. Every year a given tree creates absolutely from scratch ninety-nine percent of its living parts. Water lifting up tree trunks can climb one hundred and fifty feet an hour; in full summer a tree can, and does, heave a ton of water every day. A big elm in a single season might make as many as six million leaves, wholly intricate, without budging an inch; I couldn’t make one. A tree stands there, accumulating deadwood, mute and rigid as an obelisk, but secretly it seethes, it splits, sucks and stretches; it heaves up tons and hurls them out in a green, fringed fling. No person taps this free power; the dynamo in the tulip tree pumps out even more tulip tree, and it runs on rain and air.”—Annie Dillard, Pilgirm at Tinker Creek
that's a cool story. (not the car accident part, but everything else about it is really good.)
yeah seeing the list of people and what parts they got from him makes me feel a little better. that’s how it was when jessica hoke died too; it’s one thing you can do while you are alive to help people who love you cope if anything should happen to you
so my dad was in a meeting for work last valentine’s day, and his friend rob who he’s known for 25 years was notified that his son had been in a car accident. the son ended up dying five days later, but he was an organ donor and his hand got transplanted onto a dude who had lost his hand at the wrist eight months earlier, and the guy can actually move each finger and is learning to use it through physical therapy. pretty amazing, there’s a video here (the second video) if you are interested. if you aren’t an organ donor already, you can (and should) change your status pretty easily on your state’s dmv’s website!