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December 09, 2009


Thank you for this, Terence. Over the years, Michael Lally has unwittingly been my teacher. His writing has been instrumental is helping me find my own voice and expression. For this I will remain forever grateful and respectful. Regardless of the limitations of his physical state during recovery, his eloquence, honesty and compassion shine through.

Robert Z.

It seems the rocks in Michaels head match the holes in ours.

I didn't know I looked so cute in white.

Michael Lally has been such a sane, funny, passionate, poetic voice for so many decades, and now to embody all those qualities in his recovery from brain surgery (see all his beautifully humble analyses of his post-surgery thought processes in his postings on Lally's Alley) - it's inspiring.

This IS inspiring. Thank you Terence, for this moving post.

Lally Dama! I love it! Thanks for sharing Uncle T.! (hope you are taking good care of my mom :-)) And wishing Michael a continued magical and inspiring recovery.

Great blog. Good news. Thanks for the uplifting information about Michael. Love Lally's Alley. Eileen

Thanks for the re-formatting of Michael's words. It works!

And for the picture of Lally, looking like some medical Gandhi practicing satyagraha in the waiting room.

In fact mybe that's what we need, given the screwed-up health care system we have.

Dear RJ:
Thanks for the comment.  (BTW, I'm a long-time Young Turks member & always enjoy your appearances on the show.)

Wonderful post Terrence. I love the transformation of Lal's words on 500 Days of Summer into a poem. Didn't he once say in his cocky (no pun intended...maybe) salad days that he "pissed poetry"? And indeed his brain seems to leak it (that time the pun was definitely intended.)

Much love,

Thanks, Jamie---it was great to meet you, finally, at the hospital.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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