I have a Google alert set up for my name. In the past I used to keep track of the searchable trouble I'd gotten myself into, but now it's mainly obituaries and death notices of people who share my name. Usually I just delete them but the most recent alert provided a stark realization: When I die I'll only have the second-best obituary ever written featuring my name. Because Gene Newman of Hillsboro, North Dakota clearly has the best.

Born April 16, 1950 (coincidentally the same day, though not the same year, as my dad...

A man whose father is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease wrote Carol Burnett a touching letter, which you should definitely read here.


Warning: Prepare yourself for chills and misty eyes.