Yesterday Ann Cohen came over to do a very magical concert of Songs and poems. Some of the poems were by her late husband, Allen... a major alternative cultural figure of the sixies [the force behind the San Francisco underground paper THE ORACLE and the organizer of THE BE- IN [trying to bring the San Francisco hippies and the Berkeley political activists together].
Ann is a force herself... playing her hand made harp as we talked, making up Songs jamming with what we were saying.
we were kids in ann's school for tots.
When we were talking about Louise Scott [who opened everything up for me forty years ago], Louise called right then. magic.
Today is a sad day here. We have to say Good-by to Kittee, our twenty year old Siamese cat. He waited until we got back home from hospital. He spent the last weeks on my lap night and day ... Very demanding.
Even when he couldn't hardly walk, he climbed aboard.
They brought his body back home to be put in our back yard with the other two. He has gone to the vet's almost every day for fluids for over a year. He established relationships with every person there (they would talk to him, not to us). So he went to sleep among his adorating fans as well as Linda and mikee. What a way to go.
Paul Escriva wrote:
Sorry to hear that Kittee passed on.
I can remember when I met him in 1993....
The first time I walked into the house he looked across the room and very loudly talked to me.
Later that night he found his way into the bedroom.
I awoke with him tip-toeing across the back of my pillow until he settled down and decided to curl up on the end of the futon for a little snooze.
Heaps of hugs to everyone,
Lob & Yvette wrote:
very sad Frank.. sorry to hear of Kittee's passing.
hugs and condolences to you and the family.
Lob & Yvette
Diana L. Battle wrote:
So sorry to hear that. I am going through the fluid thing with my 14 yr old kitty,Cleo now.. They can be so comforting.
Annie Sprinkle wrote:
Thinking of you, here in West Virginia, when I read about your cat.
So sorry that you loose this precious member of your family.
Better to have loved and lost...
Sending world's sexiest and biggest flower for funeral. by email.
Frank Moore wrote:
yes, Annie, we miss him. But we had time to hang out with him. You lost your cats in the fire without a warning. That must be harder.
In the hospital several nurses said to me separately that they always thought that they needed kids so they would have someone to take care of them when they got old. But when they saw how we six were tribally taking care of one one another, they realized that there are many different ways, many kinds of families. It blew them out how were there for one another.
Dr. Richard Kerbavaz replied:
Indeed! I had several of the nurses and therapists comment about how well everyone was able to pull together to help Frank. That's a pretty good working definition of what family is all about
Frank Moore replied:
exactly! And it was day-to-day for six weeks, so they saw it wasn't just show... But very practical down to earth love /intimacy /tribal body that operates effectively uNder hard situations.
Btw, RK is doctor Kerbavaz, my ent for over twenty years... But much more! A dear friend! He is on the e-salon. He put in my trach, and basically is over seeing my recovery. We email him questions almost daily ! he even checked in on me on his camping trip!
Annie Sprinkle replied:
Wow Frank and Family.
Thanks for showing us the way to do hopsitols and aging and illness as love and art.
You should be so super proud of yourselves for being so phenomenal and special.
Frank Moore repilied:
yes annie, life always gives you opportunities to do possibilities-opening art. The emails I got were my first sign that it wasn't just my personal situation that was involved. many demanded me to do my duty and live to do more trouble-making magic together. There was a thick pile of them before I was in any shape to understand reading them. But when I was, a lot of them said i better not die or else.
There are a lot of layers of this "piece "... The RECOVERING CAM... A great female singer (Kaitlin McGaw) came over last week to give us a concert... Tomorrow a reporter (my nurse's brother) is coming to interview me about IHSS.... So you never know what a piece will lead to. But this is a little extreme even for me... Although I did do DYING IS SEXY before.
Kaitlin McGaw replied:
You guys are so dear. Thanks for sharing, Frank and Linda!
Stay full of life, joy and love.
Kaitlin, it meant a lot to me that you came and sang to us.
Hi Frank, Mikee, Linda and the gang,
We just arrived home from a trip and read all the emails on Frank's progress. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
We sent you some money through PayPal. If you guys are still tight on funds we can hopefully send you some more next month.
Get well my friend and thanks to everyone who has been looking after you.
- Vinnie and Jackie
thanks, guys. It helps. We figured that we have gotten about a third of what we lost from the e-salon people... Most who don't have much money themselves... amazing and inspiring... A layer of our family.