Obit of the Week
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
I collect obits. OK, perhaps that sounds a little morbid and perhaps 'collect' is too strong of a word. But I do clip them occassionally and believe they are among the best ways to measure a well-lived life.
I look for long life and, if there is a photo, a twinkle in the eye. One of my favorites appeared today: 'Ulrich Inderbinen, 103, Guide of the Alps for Seven Decades.'
A few highlights from his life: He worked until he was 95. He said that he entered one of the best periods of his life after the age of 80 when he started competing in skiing races. He received a pair of skis for his 90th birthday -- the same year he last climbed the Matterhorn -- and a mountain-climbing ax when he was 95. He had his first dental appointment when he was 74.
'I have never felt bored,' he once told an Associated Press reporter. 'That is, unless my clients walk too slowly.' He died in his sleep.
What a life.