Katy Bourne


Last Christmas with Mom

POSTED ON December 18, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 9 Comments
 

My mother died on December 9, a little over a week ago. The ravages of pneumonia were too much for her tiny frail 91 year-old body. She spent her final days in inpatient hospice care. This unassuming wing of a quiet Albuquerque hospital was like a Zen monastery – serene and oddly sublime. Here, she ... Read More

One Fan’s Letter to Richard Sherman

POSTED ON March 13, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

Dear Richard, It’s not like I didn’t know it was coming. It had been all over social media and sports radio for days. Still, when the official news broke, it hit me like a sledgehammer. I was at my desk at work and lost my breath for a moment. My gut knotted up. I was ... Read More

Driving 55

POSTED ON June 06, 2017 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 10 Comments
 

Today is my 55th birthday. The Sammy Hagar tune “I Can’t Drive 55” keeps running through my head. It occurs to me that someday my kids will take my car keys away from me. After all, I am creeping closer to that golden age. I just hope to God that when they do, it’s the ... Read More

Mom of a Nomad. Round Two.

POSTED ON July 04, 2016 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments
 

As he put a few remaining things into his backpack and took care of a couple last minute tasks, like vacuuming his room and boxing up his computer, it took everything I had to keep from crying. Trying not to cry takes enormous effort. It’s like wrestling a bear or beating back a wildfire. My ... Read More

A Parent’s Grief

POSTED ON September 21, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments
 

Last week, I received the heartbreaking news that a friend’s very young son had died. This child was a tiny warrior with an old-soul demeanor. He endured more challenges in his short time here than many of the rest of us will face in a full lifetime. Despite his suffering, however, he seemed to float ... Read More

The Hardest Goodbye

POSTED ON March 08, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 7 Comments
 

On Saturday morning, my 21-year old son Emmett took off on an extended road trip to explore the United States and, possibly, points south in Mexico and Central America. He loaded the last of his camping gear into his car and we said our goodbyes. Although I tried very hard not to, I cried. Aside ... Read More

The Scariest Post I’ve Ever Written

POSTED ON August 13, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 21 Comments
 

We’re all reeling from this week’s heartbreaking news about Robin William’s suicide. He was a ferocious soul with a soaring talent. He grabbed our hearts with the first “nanu nanu” and his mad unpredictable genius delighted us for decades. Oh how we loved him. And now in the wake of his death, we collectively grapple ... Read More

Mantra For a World Gone Mad

POSTED ON August 11, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments
 

  It seems the world has gone mad.       There are airstrikes (again) in Iraq. Brief, uneasy ceasefires notwithstanding, there is fighting (still) on the Gaza Strip. Ebola continues its somber rage across West Africa. Airplanes are blown from the sky or fall silently to points unknown and never found. Closer to home, ... Read More

Grace & Love

POSTED ON May 20, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

  It seems that all roads lead back to grace and love. For the past several days, I’ve watched as a community has shared collective grief over the untimely passing of one of its own– Joshua Wolff, who died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. Joshua was a highly regarded jazz pianist and even more, a great ... Read More

The Lessons We’re Always Learning

POSTED ON June 18, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments
 

 Emmett stopped by my apartment briefly yesterday. He was swinging by to raid the fridge and to show me the new tattoo that he’d just gotten in honor of his fallen comrade, Nap. I hadn’t seen him since Nap’s memorial last week. He dropped in late afternoon and his visit was brief.  Emmett comes and ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.