Not dead yet

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in commentary | 6 Comments

Pre-Ramble:  So, I was eating a bowl of cereal and paging through the paper this morning, like every morning … when suddenly my eyes froze on the words on the page in front of me.

(Sounds like the beginning of a horror movie, doesn’t it?) … I had come to the obituary page, and there, halfway up the lefthand column, was my name.

My whole name.

Katherine. … A. … Emmons.

Plain as day.

At first, I just sat there, half awake, feeling creepy and struggling to verify that the person in print in front of me was, in fact, not me.

Nope.  Not me.  As in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail , “Not dead yet.”

Then I wondered, how many Katherine A. Emmons’ there are, actually …

According to Google, there are 18 individuals named Katherine Emmons on the professional networking site LinkedIn (and 14 more that incorrectly spell their names with a “C”).  A few notables:

  • Katherine Emmons Force Spencer (1891-1948) was a Christian missionary in the Philippines and prominent in Newport, Rhode Island society
  • Katherine Emmons is a scholar and writer in San Diego. She is chair of several dissertation committees and writes children’s books in her spare time which include “Thunder and Lightening” (an adaptation of the animated movie Cars), and Ratatouilli (an adaptation of the animated movie of the same name — I loved that movie, btw)
  • Katherine Emmons (the one in the paper this morning) was a loving mother, sister and grandmother who passed away peacefully surrounded by family …  (She would have been 78 on January 4, 2012). R.I.P.
  • Katherine Emmons … me (alive and kicking; shown below) … a brilliant concept development strategist, writer, and all around alive gal (did I mention that I was still alive?)

The Take-Away:  In my search, I found one more Katherine Emmons worth noting …  she goes by Katie Emmons (the name Katie has a nice, snappy ring to it) and she’s an interior designer in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The tag line on her very nicely designed website reads:

“Love where you live … Live what you love”

I like that, and will add a third sentiment — “Love that you live!”


  1. Lance
    December 21, 2011

    Glad you’re not dead.

  2. k.
    December 21, 2011

    Thanks, Lance … I appreciate that. One of my dearest friends texted me with a request to save her a seat by the fire …

  3. Ed Jackman
    December 21, 2011

    My favorite death quote, and it was either Isaac Asimov, or the guy who played Newman on Seinfeld who said:
    “Life is wonderful, death is peaceful, it’s the transition that’s a bitch”

  4. k.
    December 21, 2011

    Thanks for passing that along, Eddie — Asimov … Newman … such similar intellects — totally could have been either one. And, let’s hope we draw the optimal “transition” scenario.

  5. Catherine
    December 23, 2011

    speaking of passing……..(it on)

    Great article. and the cereal bowl had what to do with it?

  6. k.
    December 23, 2011

    Thanks Catherine (with a “C” … ) – I was eating cereal when I came across the eye-opening obituary … Cereal seemed like a better visual than the other death-related images I looked into (pearly gates, angels, head stones, cemeteries, … )

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