Frau Kolb: February 25th, 1973 - March 29th, 2017. Mother, wife, artist. She embraced life longer than anyone could have imagined.

Frau Kolb started drafting her New Year Resolutions in January. Sadly, she was not able to complete her message to you. I am posting it here, to provide you with a final bit of her writing. Hartmuth Kolb

A message from Frau Kolb:

“I am convinced that a new year is ripe with opportunities for changing one’s tune.

We picked up a number of less-than-healthy habits in 2016.  Scary, how we slip into pitfalls, slouch into the darkness, and crawl toward the ugly in ourselves.  We get so busy pointing fingers and blaming others we forget

2016 gets a bad wrap because we contaminated it with condemnation.  We were so self-righteous and certain.  We were relentlessly smug.  We became obsessed with evil and thus fanned it, whipping up a storm of attention for those that feast on the focus of others.  They drain your energy from all that really matters.  Captivating you with spectacle and seducing all with inflammatory words…..”

A message from Hartmuth Kolb:

Frau Kolb: February 25th, 1973 – March 29th, 2017. Mother, wife, artist. She embraced life longer than anyone could have imagined.

In loving memory of Caridad Kolb, née Branagan, my beloved wife and my best friend. She was a devoted mother. Her way of being, touched people’s hearts and she made connections and friends wherever she went. She exuded sincere warmth towards people. The world is less bright without the sunshine in her heart. Certainly for our young children and me.

Cari left us far to soon at the young age of 44. Knowing that she wouldn’t be with us for long, she spent all her energy to teach our children (now 10 and 13) about life, to fill our house with art, and to create a diverse library of interesting books. She also provided me with all the love that I could ever have asked for. She always had my back, no matter what, and I will miss her dearly.

A Columbia University graduate, she was a consummate artist. Her paintings are a wonderful legacy and they provide us with a constant reminder of her creative spirit. I loved her way of writing, which is actually what attracted me to her, even before we met 18 short years ago. Samples can be found on her web site at www.talkinggrid.com

Caridad never considered her interaction with cancer as a “battle” or a “fight”. Her approach was to “embrace life” and to celebrate it. I found this to be a very positive way of dealing with this illness, which propelled us forward. There are no regrets.

Please sign in to her guest book for her memorial service, and write a few lines at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dignitymemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=caridad-kolb&pid=184782158