Roger Ebert died today. As we all will. A couple of years ago he wrote about death and what he thought of it. It pretty much perfectly encapsulates what I feel about both death and life.

Kindness is all that matters. Treating people decently. Making sure those who love you know how you feel about them. I don’’t have many driving life philosophies, but one of them is that at no time do I wish I had said things to someone but didn’t or wish to have made amends that I never made. I strive to make sure everyone’s last interaction with me would be a satisfying one if I got run down by a bus ten minutes later. We don’t know when we’re going to go so “later” is a silly concept.

Maybe I think about this more than most people because circumstances are such that I don’t get to see my kids every day. I don’t know. I think I felt this way before that. Either way, I feel like it’s a good philosophy to have.

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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