Joan Susan Kaplan Benjamin
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July 12, 1987
July 12, 1987




  • I Wanted To Tell You
  • I Needed This Time


    Warm summer sun, shine kindly here;
    Warm southern wind, blow softly here;
    Green sod above, lie light, lie light --
    Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.

    -- poem by Robert Richardson chosen for Susy Clemens' headstone -- from Robert Richardson's "Annette" adapted by Mark Twain
    --   see
    Mark Twain's Burial

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    Joan's Favorite Things

    Joan's Favorite Poems

  • Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
    Dorothy Parker
  • Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
    A medley of extemporanea;
    And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
    And I am Marie of Roumania.
    -- Dorothy Parker
  • Why is it no one sent me yet
    One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
    Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
    One perfect rose.
    -- Dorothy Parker
  • Yip Harburg - Time You Old Gypsy Man
  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616):
         Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
          Sonnet 29: When, In Disgrace With Fortune And Men's Eyes
          Sonnet 30: When To The Sessions Of Sweet Silent Thought
          Sonnet 116: Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds
          Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

    Joan's Favorite Music


    Johann Sebastian Bach





    Individual Stories


    What's a Belly Button For?

    When Joanie was a young girl, maybe around 5 years old, she asked her father what belly buttons were for. He replied that your belly button was where you placed the salt so that you could dip celery in salt when you ate celery in bed. Joan's mother came into Joan's bedroom to say good night and found her dipping celery in her belly button. She yelled, "Mike, why do you tell her these things?!".

    The Leg of Lamb

    Joan loved to read true crime stories and view any type of crime story. She loved the forensic and deductive aspect of these books and shows. Law and Order was one of her favorite. But her favorite crime story of all time was Lamb to the Slaughter directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on a story by Roald Dahl.

    A woman kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then serves it to the policemen who are investigating the case. One policeman comments that he can't help feeling that the murder weapon they are searching for is right under their noses.

    Here's a modern production of Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl on UTube.


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