'I loved Verity at that moment with an almost unendurable intensity. I groped for fresh, poetic words to express my feelings, but I plumbed a dry well. All I could manage was I love you." from "Verity Remembered" 'Kids never think of dying. They haven't lived long enough. When I was seven, I had heard the word death well enough, though I had no notion of its meaning. But I learned. That was the year my father died." from "A Bad Mistake"