I miss you, Rani.
My cousin Rani was one of the most loving, generous, kind, and incredible people I know. She loved hard, laughed with her whole soul, and took real and true care of everyone around her; on Saturday we will come together and celebrate her extra-ordinary life.
Thank you for being like a second Mom to me. I love and miss you dearly.
My cousin Rani passed away on Thursday, February 20th. It’s been a very sad and surreal time for the whole family. The photo below is of my plane at SFO, the morning of Wednesday, February 19th. I’ve never experienced a sadder reason to travel. The following photos are of the sky outside the hospital on the morning of her passing, one at twilight (her favorite time of day) and the other around 9:30am, an hour before we said our final goodbyes. I feel stunned. The whole week’s been a blur. What are we supposed to do without our Rani? It doesn’t make sense. And I disagree.
And through it all, taking pictures somehow helps me - I think it’s my attempt to catch fleeting moments.
In loving memory of Rani Kaur Gill-Brownell (1956 - 2014)
YUM! My Aunt & Uncle’s Christmas cookies finally made it to San Francisco all the way from Switzerland! And they’re delicious!!! This year they made 22 different kinds.
My Foci For 2014
I’ve never been a huge resolution person - I’d like to think that one doesn’t & shouldn’t need permission or an arbitrary start date to make a change. And at the same time, for me, the end of the calendar year lends itself to reflection, and seems just as good a time as any to assess one’s trajectory. I prefer not to call them resolutions - that word’s been spent. I’d rather call them foci :) So here they are, my 2014 Foci.
Winter Break in San Diego 2013
Thanksgiving 2013 - San Diego, CA
Convo right before this photo was taken:
Me: Dad, smile!
Dad: Did you know that they are calling these kind of photos ‘selfies’?
Me: Yes, I’ve heard of that term.
Quite possibly my favorite mural of all time. I like to call him Falling Man. The Mission, SF.
A hot hot day @ Hardly Strictly. Golden Gate Park, SF
Best garage door ever. Oakland, CA