Scott Starin is an aerospace engineer with a specialty in spacecraft dynamics and control. He works at NASA, but of course he does not speak for NASA or the Federal Government in any way on this site.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    A hero is not necessarily a legendary figure like Hercules or George Washington. Heroes are exemplars of behavior, aspirational figures in real life. Kristin sounds like she was one of your heroes.

    And may it be many years until you must mourn again.Report

  2. Maribou says:

    Thank you for telling us about this lovely woman. I’m so sorry that she died.

    This time of year especially (and especially this particular year for complicated reasons), I really miss both my grammies.

    My Grammy S was my maternal great-grandmother, and she made the best bread and had the best lap of anyone I’ve known. It’s quite possible she also had the biggest heart. She died when I was seven, and while my parents were at her funeral, I was snowed in at an aunt’s – the drifts reached the bottom of her 2nd floor windows. In later years, when I learned that white is a mourning color in some countries, I remembered the view out those windows.

    My Grammy R was my paternal grandmother, and she was brave and curious and kind and patient through circumstances that would’ve felled many a lesser mortal. We lived with her for two years when I was small, and my sister lived with her (and another aunt) during a very hard time for our family later on. The only time I’ve ever been asked who my role model was, she was my instant and unthinking answer. She died just before Christmas two years ago.

    Both my grammies were stubborn, in their willow-like fashion. Both of them were stellar and joyous musicians. And both of them had a gift for making the space around them feel like a sanctuary.Report

  3. David Ryan says:

    RE: Dreams

    There is a chimney on the building immediately adjacent to our apartment. The shape and proportion of the chimney is also exactly that of one of the Twin Towers. It is visible directly outside the bedroom window.

    I had not taken notice of the chimney’s shape until after 9/11, when I repeatedly had the experience of waking up groggy and thinking “Oh, it was all just a bad dream. I can see one of the towers right out side my window. Oh wait, what’s the tower doing outside my window? It was never there before?” And in that moment I would realize that I was seeing the chimney and that 9/11 was not a dream. It was real. It had happened and it wasn’t going to unhappen.

    After a while this half-dream stopped. But thinking about it now makes me sad. I’m sorry about your friend.Report

  4. North says:

    I’m very sad for your loss. It is always too soon.

    But on the up side, Canadian Gay Wedding Fist Bump!Report

  5. Tom Van Dyke says:

    Just a lovely piece, Mr. B. Thank you.Report