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Maurice Sendak

2013 January 1

New Year’s is traditionally a time to take stock of our lives and reflect on our life journeys over the past year.  In this spirit, this week The New York Times published a collection of memorials to notable people who died over the past year.  One in particular caught my eye, for children’s book author Maurice Sendak, author of the classic Where the Wild Things Are.  Instead of a written bio for Sendak, Times artist Christopher Niemann created this amazing series of drawings to accompany an interview NPR’s Terry Gross did with Sendak last year.  It moved me to tears:

This reminded me of a striking Letter to the Editor the Times published earlier this year after Sendak passed away.  It is the second letter down on this page by Kristina Blake.  It is one of the most moving Letters to the Editor I’ve ever read:

Normally at this point I would analyze these items using theories of adult development, but this time I feel moved to let their beauty speak for themselves.

When you love something, it grows.

I wish you love for growth in 2013.


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