Some interesting thoughts to start a new month, from Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale, by Atria books, 2006. And thanks to Association of Personal Historians colleague John Hawkins for passing these on:
"People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath ... All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods.
Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead ... that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic."