Right Now

As you can see, I’m still working on the new theme for the site. It’s basically the boxed theme called pinstrap, with some minor tweaks. The changes to WordPress have messed with my videos, despite the fact that the upgrade was meant to add video natively. (Argh) I decided on this theme to support my new menu item at the top, “Notebook,” which links to a pinterest LiveMosaic story page -styled collection of Matt’s work and accomplishments.

Random Eleven: Food

To record random bits of information about Matt’s likes and dislikes, I’ve decided to try to start a series called “Random Eleven” with a theme. I can’t help but feel like it’s a little vulgar to coin a blog post theme around a deceased loved one’s preferences, but the kids will care about these details about their dad and morbidity is a natural part of grief.

Matt and food:

  • Matt refused to eat mushrooms because they are a fungus.
  • In the summer, Matt could sit down with half of a full size watermelon and a spoon and finish it off. Actually, it was Matt who taught me how to choose watermelons by looking for a pale yellow spot on the bottom. And to choose pineapples by how easy it is to pull out an inner leaf (easy=ripe).
  • Matt licked popsicles rather than biting into them. I can just see him licking his fingers with relish after eating something especially sweet because he wanted to be cute.
  • Matt much preferred the white meat of poultry. I would say the number of times I ever prepared a dark cut of chicken was less than five.
  • He did not like to eat very much red meat as he thought it was unhealthy and unenvironmental.
  • Matt did not have much of a sweet tooth. He preferred to spend his calories on alcohol. But if he did eat dessert he preferred the fruity options.
  • If I wanted to cook Matt’s favorite, it would be lasagne.
  • A favorite family recipe that Matt brought to our home was New Mexican Flat Enchiladas. We didn’t have them very much (especially in later years) because they are work intensive and Matt thought frying the corn tortillas in oil and stacking layers of beef and cheese (you’re not really eating New Mexican Flat Enchiladas if there aren’t at least 4 layers) to be very unhealthy.
  • Another favorite from his mother’s kitchen was her homemade Thanksgiving stuffing, including corn bread from scratch. I made it every year. Matt really liked his mother’s cooking growing up and then mine.
  • I don’t know for sure about his habits at work, but as far as I know, Matt very rarely drank coffee. I don’t think he liked it.
  • We made homemade pizza approximately every two weeks, and Matt was the one who prepared it (with dough prepped in the bread maker). He had it down to a science and I still can’t roll out the dough to a perfect circle like him or keep the crust from sticking to the aluminum foil we used between prep and pizza stone.

Right Now

I realized a while back that while Matt will always be the kids’ father, he is no longer my husband. On the other hand it dawned on me this morning that I will now always be his widow.

Sunday Posts

You may have figured out by now that I have decided to spend Sunday evenings posting here. I always knew that I wanted to write about Matt for myself and for the kids, but it has taken a long time for me to get here. Of course, I have a lot to write, but I want to get away from ambivalence between spurts of energy to record everything I can think of at once and being overwhelmed with everything that gets in the way of writing anything at all. Now it seems appropriate to have a steady pace that is a reasonable time commitment and keeps me connected to Matt in a very regular and specific way. We will see how it goes with the understanding that it’s an approximate plan.

Cousin Benjamin B. Bell

Hello, Family, one and all,
I’m in contact with Cynthia Bell Anderson, daughter of Ben, brother of Bill Bell. Benjamin Bell’s obituary notice appeared in the Sunday ed. of The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, and online via the funeral home. He chose to be cremated, and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

This is very sketchy. I had only met Ben once, in my memory, and that was many many years ago in an unknown time and space…
Sorry I cannot add more at this time, signed, Jonatha

In Memory of “Benjamin B. Bell”
Benjamin B. Bell, husband, dad, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, caregiver, friend, age 80, of Bon Aqua, TN passed away peacefully at home on Thursday May 16th surrounded by loved ones.
Born November 2 1932, in Buffalo, NY parents Charles Bell & Helen Griffith. Brothers, Bill Bell (deceased) Jerry Bell, Leonard Bell (deceased), Richard Carter (deceased) John Carter, David Carter, Paul Carter.
He leaves his wife of 29 years, Nancy (Ingle) Bell; his children, Robert Bell, Kathleen (Bell) Lackey, Nancy Cox Lamb, Debbie Bell (deceased) Charlotte (Cox) Johnson, James Bell (deceased), Joyce Cox Staggs, Cynthia (Bell) Anderson, Patricia (Bell) Singleton, Steven Bell, Pamela Bell, Andrew Cox, 28 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements to be made at a future time

(Published in The Tennessean May 19, 2013)

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Obituary

Matt Henson of Austin, TX died Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Seton Medical Center from extensive blood clots in the lungs.  Matt was born in Truth of Consequences, New Mexico, May 22, 1976, to Brady and Susan
Henson.  As a child Matt lived all over the United States including Florida, Georgia, and Maryland.  He received Batchelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University,
where he fell in love with his wife, Patience Moreno.  They married the day before their graduation.

In his life Matt was known for being an inventor, an engineer, a marketing manager, a director of innovation, an entrepreneur, an airplane pilot, a runner, a photographer, a hard worker, a car enthusiast, an audiophile, a website builder, a world traveler, and a loving father and husband. He became an expert at everything he did. We will miss his quick wit, his grins, his touch, his silly songs, his perfectly pitched whistling, his soothing voice and his broad sense of humor.

Matt is predeceased by his father and mother, and he is survived by his wife Patience, his children Summer, Cole, and Luke, his brother Josh, his sister Sarah Teter, his grandmother Mary Johnson, and his
website company LiveMosaic.com. All friends and family are invited to a visitation on Friday, February 18, from 4 – 6 pm at Harrells Funeral Home on 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX (512-443-1366). Services will be held at the funeral home at 2 pm Sat. February 19, folllowed by a gathering at Matt and Patience’s home.  In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to a college fund for his three children, set up with …