Ray Bradbury Dies

I was saddened to hear of Ray Bradbury’s death last Tuesday, June 5th. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Bradbury in person back in the mid-90s when he was the key-note speaker at a local writer’s conference. We exchanged the usual few words as he signed my treasured copy of his Dandelion Wine. He was a man of infinite wisdom, creativity and inspiration. Here are just a few quotes from that talk:

“We should challenge the Universe instead of each other.”

“There is no failure unless one stops.”

“What we are trying to do (as writers) is to find a way to release the truth that lies in all of us.”

“Doing is being.”

“Get rid of the negative people in your life.”

“Read as if you’ll live forever; write as if you’ll die tomorrow.”

“Get out of bed every morning wanting to live forever.”

“Dogs think that every day is Christmas. And it is. They lean out of car windows like men at bars asking for gin.” (From a Bradbury poem.)

“You either love life or you don’t. And if you don’t you shouldn’t be writing about it.”

Ray Bradbury obviously loved life and wrote about it with truth, integrity, plain-speak and imagination. He’ll be sorely missed.

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