Some Lamb, Some Shepherd

Monday, June 22, 2015

W.C. Fields once observed that no actor willingly goes on stage with children or animals; the likelihood of being upstaged is all but certain. This morning’s announcement of the death of Walter Scheib, whose body was found on a hiking trail in New Mexico, led me to read his blog on his website. The most recent entry is about six weeks ago, when he visited the Benioff Children’s hospital in San Francisco to spend some time baking with a young patient named Elizabeth. The new context shifts the picture of them working together to make peach-blackberry cobbler. The late poet Stan Rice wrote a book in tribute to his young daughter, who died of leukemia, entitled Some Lamb, in which Death speaks of his most recent feast. Some Shepherd, too.


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