Friday, August 10, 2012

Why I Took A Break From Posting On This Blog: Death & Near-Death

I haven't posted on this blog for awhile, not since mid-April. It wasn't because I was lazy. It was because, to paraphrase John Lennon, Life had other plans. My mother died and my leg was broken when I was hit by pick-up truck while on my bike (that's in order of importance, but not chronological.)

Frances Alenikoff at age 62
On June 23, my mother passed away at the age of 91. Her last months followed the trajectory of so many of the old-old in this country: increasing longevity of age with no accompanying increase in the longevity of health.

Illusions of Immortality

My mother, Frances Alenikoff, was a modern dancer, choreographer and multimedia artist (here's the wonderful obit from the New York Times), who inspired many, among them current editor of Dance Magazine Wendy Perron, who wrote this moving In Memorium.