This morning, a news article featured the world's oldest man who died yesterday.
Officials in Japan have announced the death of the world's oldest person and the oldest man ever to have lived. He died of natural causes aged 116. Kimura was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person in December 2012, after a woman from the United States died at the age of 115. The centenarian had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grand children and 15 great-great grandchildren, and worked at a post office for about 40 years. After retiring he took up farming which he continued to do until the age of 90. Positive and optimistic, he did not smoke and only ate until he was 80 percent full. His motto was, 'Eat light and live long'.
The other day, a writer friend died after a long life. I'm not certain of her age, but I believe she'd lived over 100 yrs. Laurel Lamperd was happy and fully occupied with her writing. She maintained her blog site and made her last entry in May this year. Her Amazon author site lists seven published books. In this way, she kept up with the times while stimulating her mind. Her last published book on April 15th 2013 was Journey from Walara.
I wrote this poem for Laurel on her last birthday in May.