A gentle, kind man who loved his family and his God, Gregory James Gargulinski died at 3:45 a.m. July 12, 2016, at the age of 69. His cause of death remains unknown, even by doctors, and came after more than a decade of chronic pain and a handful of surgeries following his retirement in 2012.
Retirement years that were supposed to have been spent traveling, playing golf, riding his bicycle and relaxing with his loving wife Marcy were instead largely spent on couches and in hospital beds. But Greg soldiered on. Despite his agonizing pain and supreme unfairness of life, he remained strong and stoic with nary a complaint.
His body finally gave out, surrendering before his spirit. He died quietly at home surrounded by wife Marcy, daughter Ryn, son Mat and Marcy’s adopted stray cat named Chloe. Continue reading Finally at Peace: Greg Gargulinski, Nov. 17, 1946 to July 12, 2016
After a long, proud and loud life, Phoebe “Dini” Gargulinski passed away quietly on Nov. 24, 2015. She was 14 years old in dog years, which would make her about 98.
Although she did become quite crotchety in her old age, Dini had a long history of being a sweetheart who excelled at the art of “wiggle worming, ” a practice where her entire battering-ram-shaped body wiggled back and forth when she wagged her tail with glee. Continue reading OBIT: Phoebe ‘Dini’ Gargulinski, age 98
Dini is old
Dini looks sad
she trembles when
she sits and shakes
when she stands her back legs
don’t always obey – I’ve had
Continue reading LAMENT ON A DYING DOG
Road trip with mom included trek to Grand Canyon (wheee!) as well as a poetry reading in Flagstaff as part of the 2015 Northern Arizona Book Festival.
Craving Grand Canyon poetry? Check out the poetry anthology Going Down Grand. You’ll be treated to my poem “Death in the Grand Canyon” and oodles of other captivating works.