I MISS RAY along with the rest of the world . At least I’m not alone

But missing is a lonely business. It’s like pain, something you can’t share. Odd… you can share joy and laughter… but pain, physical that is is not helped by fellow sufferers.

 I grew up with Ray, never realizing he was famous. I only knew him as one of the author’s, in my father’s writer’s group, always a large genial presence. Generous, loving and smiling.  

As I grew I slowly became aware of his fame… but it was a very gradual realization..

When I started to write in 2006, Ray was the soul of generously and from 2006-2012 he became my mentor, my Rabbi, my Priest and my second father. I miss him terribly.

The world knows Ray as a fabulous writer, but those of us many in number, but few in actual terms of world population knew him as a lover. He was bursting with it, love of words, love of sunshine, ideas, people and pets…especially cats, ( at one time he had twenty-five.)  Love oozed from every pore. He never lost his wonder and childlike excitement about everything. Ray was “Pay it Forward,” incarnate. I think he imbued all who knew him with belief in themselves. He was certain of their ability to persevere and succeed. He always tried to help others up the ladder. For Ray, “the top,” was a place of infinite acreage. As more rose to the peak, the peak would expand.

We few, we happy few, we band of Bradburyians who knew Ray, mourn the writer, but, miss the man of great heart, expansive spirit and boundless, endless enthusiasms. He was fresh as a new mowed lawn. He inspired us all, not only to write better, but to be better.

 I remember hearing Ray read drafts of the The Halloween Tree. Ray had painted “The Halloween Tree” years before he turned vision into prose. The painting always hung in his office. It pictured a night black tree, branching with sinister intent into an orange sky. Then it became a screenplay and finally a novel. Ray was drunk with language. His voice full of wonder, enthusiasm and passion.

Ray Wrote the below about my dad, but it could have been written about him

“His discovery of ideas and writing about the odd quirks in those ideas, reminded me of that old couple in HULOT’S HOLIDAY, the wife moving along the beach picking up strange shells or seaweed, handing them back to her husband who, without flinching, unbeknownst to her, tossed them back over his shoulder.  So, it seemed to me, Dolph moved through the world, one part of him handing on fancies, the other half tossing them not away, but onto paper, so none of us would lose.  Meanwhile, his restless curiosity moved him on down the beach, and we followed.Gladly. 

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About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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One Response to I MISS RAY along with the rest of the world . At least I’m not alone

  1. yipsl says:

    thank you Evie. I love the idea of the top, at least in terms of creative achievement, as a place of infinite acreage. and Itruly hope, or at least ant to imagine, that Ray is enjoying the green pastures in all their spring beauty there, and perhaps getting ready to brew dandelion wine from their Asteraceous carpet of blooms.

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