Poetry Friday: Remembering L.K. Madigan

Lisa Wolfson, AKA L.K. Madigan, Powell’s, October 2009

Yesterday was a snow day, a long-awaited snow day in which I would be happy that I had an unexected day off from school.   I spent much of the day reflecting on the news I received on Wednesday about Lisa.  I learned of her illness last month, read about her decision to go to hospice about two weeks ago, and yet I was hoping for a miracle: that she would beat cancer. I thought about how we first met at the 2008 Portland Kidlit Blogging Conference and connecting when the portland Kidlit community met for drinks on Fifth Fridays.  Lisa offered an autographed ARC of Flash Burnout for the first Bridget Zinn auction and more recently she offered a critique for the second Bridget Zinn auction. She was so willing to help others.

I have no words. It’s such a loss.  She will be so missed.   I remember a conversation we had about the challenges of writing and working. Her words were so encouraging.  See that smile on her in the above photo?  It was infectious and always there every time I saw her.

It was Lisa’s wish that her son go to college.  A trust has been set up for him here:

Becker Capital Management, Inc.
Attn: Sharon Gueck/John Becker
1211 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2185
Portland, OR 97204

Donors will be sent acknowledgement letters.

Should anyone have questions, please contact Sharon Gueck at sgueck@beckercap.com or John Becker at jbecker@beckercap.com.

Today I offer this benediction in remembrance of Lisa. 

Life is short
We do not have too much time
To gladden the hearts of those
Who walk with us
So be swift to love
Make haste to be kind
And may the blessings of God always be with you.

–13th Century Benediction
I am leaving for my writing retreat with my copy of Flash Burnout for inspiration .   Be kind and loving.

Poetry Friday is being held at  Read Write Believe.


6 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Remembering L.K. Madigan

  1. Beautiful post, Jone. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must be for those who actually knew Lisa. ((hugs)) to you, and enjoy your retreat.

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words. Such a smile…

    Can I get a copy of that jpeg?


    Neil Wolfson

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