Monday, November 9, 2009

Paying homage to an incorruptible soul

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a frequent, lively conversation among those who remember Jim Long of Victorville, Calif. He left this plane of existence earlier this fall, but remains in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched, regularly or even just occasionally.

He was my soul mate for 20 years (and legally wedded spouse for the final 17), my life partner, the other half -- the better half -- of my soul. For the rest of you, he was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, teacher, colleague, student and devoted friend.

On a regular basis, I plan to post material, including selected information from the celebration of life held a month ago, and other wonderful thoughts that many of you already shared with me. I won't identify the sources by full names unless I am given permission ahead of time.

The Hebrew word "tahm" best describes my Jim. It's usually taken to mean "simple" or "innocent" or even "slow," but my own personal translation is "incorruptible soul." The Earth now has his earthly existence, but the best part of him, the essence, could never be touched.

I hope to hear from as many of you as possible, for as long as possible, with questions, conversation, and many fond and detailed memories. If you wish to communicate with me directly in a way that does not immediately appear on this blog (although I really hope you will post whatever comments here that you wish), I regularly check