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February 29, 2008

It was easier than it looked

Maybe you noticed this article, about celebrities writing their own six-word epitaphs (I'm rather partial to Nora Ephron's), in the roundup the other day. I thought perhaps we could do something with it, but never got around to it.

Then Roberto sent around word that Rod Dreher had something about this up on his blog, and he himself had contributed one (scroll down, it's tenth in the lineup). To which I responded, via e-mail, that I wished I could come up with one but that "Alas, conciseness is not my gift."

And then I took another look at what I'd just written and said, "Oh, wait . . ."

So if I can do it -- by accident -- then anyone can. How would you memorialize yourself in six words?

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Jason Taylor

Jason "epitome of truth goodness and beauty"

More seriously

Jason: "Intellectually inclined neovictorian, specializing in humanities"


Introverted, iNtuitve, Thinking, Perceptive.

Rolley Haggard

Palindromic 6-word epitaph -

"To Idi Amin: I'm a idiot!"

Spiritual 6-word epitaph -

"Humble beyond all possibility of emulation."

Realistic 6-word epitaph* -

"If in this place, unbodily, I came
And urged conviction that the soul - my own -
By barest words upon a stone - my name -
Was me, (not some intruding ghost unknown,
Observing, imitating, yet untrue),
What perfect cue or signal effigy
Distinct from all, assuring only you
That I had come - what would the token be?
Not from without, I think, the sign would show,
But from within where certainty works best;
Mere voice or visage strangers think they know,
But in your heart the truth is manifest:
Unspoken words alight, unspeakable,
And tell a love that was ineffable."

Oops. More than 6 words.

(* "Effigy" copyright Rolley Haggard)


"he lived, died. He still lives."

Capitalization intended.


My husband suggested (for his own): Here lies Mr. C. Just Kidding. (2 Cor. 5:8)

Don Pederson

Ask Jesus to be your Savior

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