Monday, February 29, 2016

Honoring Eli's (Miriam's) life through a donation

Several people have asked how to make a donation in Eli's or Miriam's memory.   We're deeply grateful that you want to honor our child's life in this way.  We have suggested two charities to receive such donations.  Both represent causes dear to Eli's heart.



  • The Arc of Centre County, where Eli worked for the past year, supports the needs of clients in Central Pennsylvania with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To donate to the Arc please click here. (We suggest that you direct your donation to "unfunded needs".)
  • The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth nationwide.To donate to the Trevor Project please click here to visit the special fundraising page set up in Eli's memory.
Thank you so much!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Memories: I

It has been four weeks.  Four weeks since the death of our beloved younger child.  Four weeks of grief and loss.  (Here is a link to the obituary, for those who may not have seen it before.)

Eli (Miriam) led a short, beautiful life.  I'm intending to share some thoughts and memories on this blog.  Some tales of bravery and adventure and joy and sadness too.

When I think about Miriam's courage I often think of her indomitable desire, from an early age, to go climbing with me.  Below is a piece that I wrote nearly twelve years ago, just after our first multipitch excursion together at Seneca Rocks.

Off belay, Eli.  Safe now.