October 1, 1979 - April 29, 2016
I made a slideshow of some moments from Michelle’s life. I tried to include some with family, with friends, with me, but really, what matters is showing her just living life, because that’s what she was in the middle of doing, every day. I set the slideshow to music, and I want to say a few words about the song. Michelle and I both adored James Taylor. We saw him perform many times, both here in Portland and far away. I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song—we were at Tanglewood, a beautiful outdoors venue near James Taylor’s home in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. On a warm July night years ago, we lay in the grass with Michelle’s head on my chest and this song was JT’s second encore. It’s a lullaby, a song of quiet and of things concluding, but also of hope for the future and for keeping memories of the past with you forever. I think Michelle would have appreciated that.