So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

The keepers of my will know what to do with my body. But I have friends who will want to do something else. Please, no funeral, memorial or other somber ceremony. Instead, throw a great big party. Buy lots of food and booze and laugh and joke and dance and have a grand old time in my living room. It's the reason I built my home: a place to share, enjoy and heal. I know there will be tears, but please try to end things on a high note. And come back to see me once in a while, for this is where you'll find me—I'll be in every leaf of every tree, and in every fiber of this house.

Let me be buried in the rain
In a deep, dripping wood,
Under the warm wet breast of Earth
Where once a gnarled tree stood.
And paint a picture on my tomb
With dirt and piece of bough
Of a girl and a boy beneath a round pipe moon
Eating of love with an eager spoon
And vowing an eager vow.
And do not keep my plot mowed smooth
And clean as a spinster's bed,
But let the weed, the flower, the tree,
Riotous, rampant, wild, and free,
Grow high above my head.

Invocation, Helene Johnson

Just a Few Deep Thoughts Before I Go

“Everyone leaves unfinished business. That's what dying is.” —Amos, The Expanse (unquestionably the very best science fiction television series of all time)

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” —Mark Twain

“One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” —Socrates

“Death is not poison but merely life's final remedy.” —Terri Guillemets

“That's the happiest moment. When it's all done. When we stop. When we can stop.”
—Edward Albee, Three Tall Women

“Death is not the end; there remains the litigation over the estate.” —Ambrose Bierce

“The Universe is unaware of us, for if it were otherwise, we'd all know it by now.”
—David K. Smith

“There is time. There are returns. To go is to return.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

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