Living the Moment for David Oliver (1942-2015)

"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015
"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015

Even though I never met David Oliver in person, his larger-than-life presence on Facebook made a deep impression on me. Through a hometown connection to his son Brad, I learned about David’s efforts to create a compassionate model of end-of-life care. I also discovered how much Brad and David loved Rush after a double-strength dose of Oliverian charm persuaded me to send both men Rush stamps from Canada in 2013.

Living the Moment, Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015
Living the Moment, Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015

Both in death and in life, David has inspired me, and I hope his love of travel, nature, family, and the black and gold of the Missouri Tigers is reflected in this collage. Brad told me that haiku was one of David’s favorite poetic forms, and the three arches (a reference to trips to Istanbul) each contain one line from a haiku of David’s. May “Living the Moment” do justice to a brave man who embodied the art of living like a cosmic force of joy that came to Earth to be with us for a little while.

"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine

4 thoughts on “Living the Moment for David Oliver (1942-2015)”

  1. Catherine, your art and your words have meant so much to our family. Thank you for sharing your gift!

  2. You’re very very welcome, Brad! I’m grateful that the project has allowed me to get to know the Oliver family better!

  3. Thank you Catherine for your loving gift to our family. We will value this piece for many years to come.

  4. It was a pleasure and a privilege to put together “Living the Moment.” You are so welcome, Debra! Thank you for your kind comment.

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