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Tuesday 05/06/2014 05:59 PM

This tragedy conuentis to leave most of us bewildered and speechless. To the Emami and Tehrani families - as well as everyone else who has been affected by this horrendous loss - my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Mehi's death remains unbelievable and numbing - almost fictional - a collective bad dream from which we all need waking. . .My love and thoughts remain with our dear Shirin. I wish her Herculian strength as she recovers and begins moving forward one baby step at a time. And, the girls. . .most importantly, the girls. . .There are no more words. . .With an incredibly heavy heart,LayaHeavy (a poem by Mary Oliver)That time I thought I could not go any closer to grief without dyingI went closer, and I did not die, Surely God had His hand in this,as well as friends. Still, I was bent, and my laughter, as the poet said,was nowhere to be found. Then said my friend Daniel (brave even among lions), It's not the weight you carrybut how you carry it - books, bricks, grief - it's all in the way you embrace it, balance it, carry itwhen you cannot, and would not, put it down. So I went practicing. Have you noticed?Have you heard the laughter that comes, now and again, out of my startled mouth?How I linger to admire, admire, admire the things of this world that are kind, and maybealso troubled- roses in the wind, the sea geese on the steep waves, a love to which there is no reply?~~ Mary Oliver

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