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August 15, 2012
Posted at 12:31 pm
Updated: May 9, 2014 - 8:21 am

Rachael Ross

On of my readers/correspondents confirmed for me this this morning that Rachael Ross has died. What surprised me was that she was so young: according to a post at a google chatroom, July 27 would have been her 30th birthday. I am nearly twice that old, and I have not written as much as she did in her brief life. One of her stories - "Mommy Misplaced" - is on my favorites list. I praised the piece for the way it very realistically presents the characters' reactions to a very unreal situation, and for the way she sustains the sex scenes more than I have ever attempted. Rachel had a sympathetic imagination that I envy.

I have in the past grieved copiously for someone I never met, and yet have felt next to nothing at the death someone I knew my entire life. That is the way emotions work. We cannot predict of control them - a lesson that been driven home to me again today.

Life could not be crueller, and yet we continue to say we love it.