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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Ronan Louis, the dear son of TNB contributor Emily Rapp and her husband, Rick Louis.  Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease in January 2011.  He passed away peacefully at 3:30am on February 15th, surrounded by family and friends.

If you would like to join us in making a donation in Ronan’s memory, please do so at the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, who have been a huge support to Emily and her family.

Also, please feel free to express your sympathies on the Little Seal Facebook page.

On behalf of everyone here at TNB, our most heartfelt condolences.


Me falta tiempo para celebrar tus cabellos.
I don’t have time enough to celebrate your hair.

-Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XIV from 100 Love Sonnets

Behold, I make all things new.
-The Book of Revelation

We are not only permitted but required to believe that cosmic time as we know it, through all the immensity of its geological ages and historical epochs, is only a shadow of true time, and this world only a shadow of the fuller, richer, more substantial, more glorious creation that God intends; and to believe also that all of nature is a shattered mirror of divine beauty, still full of light, but riven by darkness.
-David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?

Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,

A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped,

Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we

may see and remark, and say Whose? – Walt Whitman, from “A child asks, what is the grass?”