A Sad And Brief Note

I learned that Mom is in critical condition and that it’s only a matter of days.  I have much to reflect on in the coming week, but I try to stay positive.  She has been ailing for some time, so the news is not unexpected.  However, it’s difficult to lose a family member.  I wish my family the best.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

8 Responses to A Sad And Brief Note

  1. auntyuta says:

    Very sad news, Robert. I wish you and your family all the best.


  2. berlioz1935 says:

    Sorry to hear the sad news. My thoughts are with you, Robert, and your family.


  3. I’m very sorry to hear this Robert. I wish you all the best in such a very difficult time. A mom is a vital link, and it’s never an easy loss. I’ll be thinking of you and your family. Thank you for letting us know.


  4. rommel says:

    So sorry to hear. It breaks my heart every time I hear news like this. I hope for the best, and that you stay strong.


  5. Hello Robert. This is your friend from Miliken Junior High School in the mid 1960s, Gary Wosk. We wrote plays and performed performed on stage in “Androcles and the Lion. ” We also played basketball in your driveway and went to USC games. My mom, who is 88, read about your dear mom’s passing in the Jewish Journal. I am so sorry about your family’s loss. I remember the many dinners I enjoyed at your home and your beautiful grandparents.
    My email address is garywosk@gmail.com.


    • Thank you for your sentiment, Gary. I remember you well, and still have an excerpt from one of our plays. I recall you playing Caesar in G.B. Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion. I think we met in Mrs. Cabral’s drama class. Great to hear from you, and I hope all is well.


  6. Chip Rosenfeld says:


    I remember your mom and am very sorry for your loss.. I remember your dad too, though it has been many years since I had seen either of them. Or you. I do remember stopping by your place on the Rogue River about (literally) 50 years ago, during a family vacation/road trip to Northern California and Southern Oregon. I remember your interest in geology, and later heard you were studying Russian. My parents (Danny and Betty Rosenfeld) were great friends of your parents, always spoke very highly of them. Dad passed in 2001 and Mom in 2004, and I miss them greatly.

    I went rafting down the Rogue River for the first time just a couple of months ago. Though I had lived in Portland for the past 35 years, and since my arrival here I had wanted to make that river trip, I never made the trip til this past summer. Too busy with a medical practice and raising kids, I suppose. Now that I am (mostly) retired and kids are grown and on their own, I find time to take those trips that had been put on hold those many years. The Rogue was terrific: scenic, summer hot, not a machine or engine or cell phone in sight. And I thought of you and your family, my only other connection to the Rogue River. Which is why I searched for and found your blog today, and heard of Twyla’s passing.

    Love it or hate it, the internet has the potential to (re-)connect us all.

    Our parents were part of a great generation, and were/are wonderful people. Best regards to your dad,

    Chip Rosenfeld


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