Monday, August 11, 2008


It's another rainy day here in Pennsylvania, but it feels like it's raining all over the world. It was raining and hailing yesterday when I learned of the death of Richard Ruhlman, Michael Ruhlman's dad. I knew that Michael's dad was ill, but it was still a shock to read that he had passed.

And just now I read that the man behind the voice of South Park character Chef, THE Soul Man (Yeah, he wrote the song.) Isaac Hayes, has died at the age of 65.

I also discovered today that Dorian Leigh Parker, who greatly encouraged me to become a chef when it was not at all clear to me what I was supposed to be doing, died in July in a nursing home at 91 from Alzheimer's. The world will most likely remember Dorian as the glamorous fashion model who may or may not have been the inspiration for the Holly Golightly character in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I remember her as a fabulous cook and a kind and charming life teacher.



Linda said...

I'm so sorry and feel your loss. My dad died young, at 63 yrs. and although it has been 12 yrs., I still miss him very much. Although I'm so much in love with life, the losses are something I always carry with me, a sadness that always remains.

Deborah Dowd said...

Unfortunately, loss is a part of life, and it sucks that is a bigger part of our lives as we get older. I am sorry to hear about Michael's loss. I have myself lost my own dad at three and my stepdad over 10 years ago. My heart goes out to him.

As for Isaac Hayes,"are you talkin''bout Shaft? Then I can dig it."