MM - November 22nd, 2018
Thanksgiving remains eternally incomplete DD-more than xox-MM
Morgana - October 21st, 2018
Early morning-beautiful day exception's missing you DD
MM - September 24th, 2018
Karen Schreiber - August 20th, 2018
I will always remember Beth, even though I did not know her personally.
I have her color photograph "Free Bird", Brooklyn, 2001 From There to Here series.
It is my favorite photograph.
MM - August 5th, 2018
Yesterday was celebrated with raised glasses round the world and in my heart forever DD
Morgana - July 2nd, 2018
Oops-June's come & gone, but not my thoughts-always missing you deeply my DD-xox MM
MM - May 13th, 2018
To my DD always snd in all ways more than proud and more than missing you xox MM
Andi - April 18th, 2018
Forever in our hearts.
Sandy Jimenez - April 11th, 2018
I saw our building over the weekend kiddo. Someday I swear I'm going to buy that thing if someone doesn't beat me to it and tears it down. I miss you.
MM - March 29th, 2018
Everyday in every way DD-foreverMM
MM - February 14th, 2018
Four Leaf Clovers-wish it was that Valentines Day-miss you more than ever DD
Morgan - January 29th, 2018
Time continues no matter, but always missing you more and more DD
MM - December 19th, 2017
Love you forever-TOYE-LYE-YRAWM my DD-xox plus many MM
Morgana - November 30th, 2017
It's December again-it doesn't get easier-miss you so much DD-MM
Morgan - October 29th, 2017
Sad today-missing you DD as always-xox MM
MM - September 16th, 2017
57 yrs DD-can't believe-wish I could share these remembrances with you-LYF-MM
MM - August 7th, 2017
Your favorite day in your month spent without you again-IHMH, DD-to all the other galleries and back-MM
MM - July 31st, 2017
Half way through the summer-doesn't seem possible-none of this seems possible-AMY-DD-always so internally sad-MM
Mrogana - June 30th, 2017
Today is a special day for GG-hope your helping her have a celestial celebration DD-hugs to GD & mucho xxx and forever love to all-MM
MM - June 1st, 2017
always remembering-another May DD-it can never be the same-LYAF-DD
MM - April 19th, 2017
Remembering this morning 9 years ago sitting at the PS airport with loving beautiful memories-if only-I think of this oh so often my DD-LYTIxoxoxo
MM - March 25th, 2017
Beautiful Windy Spring day-feeling sunny on the outside-gray on the inside-why can't you be here-still can't understand DD-love always MM
Morgan - February 14th, 2017
Sending more than love DD-always MM
Molly - January 6th, 2017
Thinking of you. Miss you bunches. xoxo
Richard Goldstein - December 23rd, 2016
Glad to see the site is back and functioning. My apologies for leaving you hanging there. I visit here often, but it's been too long since I've said hello. So, here's an overdue hello, Beth. You're missed.
MM - December 20th, 2016
What an ordeal-but the site is finally back on-going to H in the morning, yet another Xmas without you-if only you were there, but then for me your everywhere-love SVM & miss all the time my DD-more than many xx's & 00's always MM
MM - November 8th, 2016
Voting today DD for the first woman POTUS-excited-taking you & GM into the booth with me-voting for us all-mulch love and yearning MM
MM - November 2nd, 2016
DD=Another October has passed, but not without thinking of you intently and always MM
MM - September 29th, 2016
Last quarter of the year-doesn't get easier-miss you forever DDxoxMM
Sarah (Molloy) Jackson - August 4th, 2016
Happy Birthday, Beth! Miss you all the time.
Love - Sarah
MM - August 1st, 2016
July is over DD-time going fast, but missing you is always measured and constant-xoxMM
Morgan - June 29th, 2016
Hello sweet girl-dear DD-its been a hard week of missing you-xoxMM
MM - May 30th, 2016
Loving you DD always MM
Jonathan Trachtman - May 2nd, 2016
Hello again Beth,
It's been eons since my last guest book posting...well, been thinking about you and that it's been 8 years since your passing. It never gets easy to know you're no longer here, but seeing your slide show montage again made me smile, seeing all your joy in those photos! hope you're doing your amazing art way up there in the sky! xoxo from LA!! Jonathan T.
MM - April 30th, 2016
April showers-May flowers-except the wrong kinda showers and the wrong kinda flowers DD-
MM - March 28th, 2016
DD-overwhelmed with sadness -missing the lilt your voice and and our talks-never thought my arms would have to stretch this far-ore than missing you always-xoxMM
Molly - February 17th, 2016
Thinking about friendship on a rainy evening in Oakland and missing you.
Morgan - January 1st, 2016
making black-eyed peas and collards DD, wish that could transport you back -watched "Time & Again" earlier-one of us needs that time machine-MM lots of xxx's &ooo's
MM - December 25th, 2015
DDD-always a hard time-you need to be here-Christmas hugs & kisses YMM
Morgan - November 26th, 2015
Remembering the fullness of yesterday's Thanksgiving
MM - October 29th, 2015
Not easier nor less loving-miss you DD
MM - September 29th, 2015
Miss you all the time and more DD
Sarah (Molloy) Jackson - August 4th, 2015
Thinking of you on your birthday. Miss you!
Love - Sarah
Aunt Sharon - August 3rd, 2015
Tomorrow, on your birthday I will have chips,salsa,and guacamole in remembrance of our Central Park salsa runs. You are always on my mind,and constantly missed.Love you always.
MM - July 27th, 2015
even the sunny day doesn't make a difference-love always DD much reaching MM
Morgan - June 29th, 2015
Sun not shining outside or in-miss you more than ever DD xox
MM - May 19th, 2015
more than missing you DD - extra sad today
Molly - April 20th, 2015
Can it really be seven years?
I miss you, Bethers.
Love you always.
Sandy Jimenez - March 26th, 2015
Across a crowded E train this morning, I could have sworn I saw you Beth. It broke my heart when some stranger turned to face me and I remembered, again, that you've been gone for years although it really does feel like yesterday that Nicole called to tell me. My 'thinking I've seen you' has happened a lot over the past 7 years, but at least for an instant today I had a brief, impossible moment of expectation that I might hear your voice again. I miss you my dear, sweet, incomparable friend. I decided to take to tomorrow off from work, -even though the weather's truly shitty here in New York. I want to visit some of the places we couldn't ever get enough of as kids, as teens, as adults. I'll go to all the places where we had good times, bad times, and made trouble. Even the triangular little building we said we buy when we became rich, at 7th avenue and Leroy Street. Thankfully, most of our old places are still standing, and Film Forum remains a kind of temple for me, where I can feel your spirit strongly as soon as the projector gets going and the lights start to dance on the screen. I hope the universe is being as kind and loving to you, as you were to all of us. I love you kid. Always. -Sandy
MM - February 24th, 2015
More than a little bit better-love you always DD
MM - January 23rd, 2015
It's cloudy today, but even when it isn't; its never sunny without you DD-always much love
MM - December 20th, 2014
Constantly missing you-deep sadness, but even deeper love forever DD
MM - November 22nd, 2014
Thanksgiving family gathering-more than missing you DD
martha and earl - October 5th, 2014
I miss you so much! We are living in Houston now, keeping busy taking care of mom. Think of you often.......I miss our talks. Love you soon much
MM - September 25th, 2014
It's fall again-yet another season without you DD-so empty-always sending much love MM
Molly - August 4th, 2014
Happy Birthday, Beth. Love you!
Andi Gaitz - August 3rd, 2014
Thinking about you today and sending love.
A & S
Morgan - July 30th, 2014
Missing you more and more DD-xoxMM
MM - June 23rd, 2014
Can't believe another half year-you should be here DD-love you so-MM
Morgan - May 19th, 2014
it's not the same without you and never will be DD -always with love MM
Michael Blair - April 27th, 2014
Miss you Beth. Miss you.
Sandy and Andi Gaitz - April 20th, 2014
You will be in our hearts forever
SASHA - March 25th, 2014
Just wanted to say " Hello."
I have been thinking of you, Beth, and your Mom.
Sasha - February 20th, 2014
Thinking of younthis morning.......
Molly - February 14th, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day.
Love is eternal and bigger than anything else. You live in me and all those you have touched. Your thoughtful perspective has helped me negotiate many decisions in my life and still does.
I miss having you available for a chat, but your sensitivity and sense of humor are still a part of my everyday life.
I miss you and I love you, Bethers.
Sasha - January 24th, 2014
I have been thinking of you all day......I am completely stunned, just flumoxed, how could this have happened to YOU, why YOU? I just keep shaking my head in disbelief, maybe it will change when I open my eyes.
Your work was so beautiful, Beth. I am sooo happy that you knew success through your work, that you felt that feeling of accomplishment in this lifetime, that is all you ever wanted. Maybe that is why you left so early, you met your destiny, and achieved it.
Life does not go on and on, only forward.
Sasha - January 24th, 2014
Beth, Oh Bettina,
I am so sad to have found this. I wish you could have met my children, Skye and Grace. I gave birth to my son, Skye, the year you left. Grace was born two years later, she is a Leo, like you. I tell you this because I know how much you loved the children, and how we had hoped for those of our own.
It has been soo long, too long, since I have seen you, talked with you. You were my dearest friend. I am so sorry I walked away. I was on an eternal overload that kept coming at me, for years.
The past few days you have been on my mind, words you had said, images of you. The last time I saw you you were sitting in Soho on some little steps, quietly, in a doorway, in a most contempletive manner, staring across the street at the Moon Diner. You said," My grandmother always said, Sasha always lands on her feet." Thank you, that came to me yesterday.
Just yesterday I saw a picture of a lovely garden in Florence, the view from a luxurious hotel suite. Apparently one can sample lovely delicacies while seated at a table in this garden. This was in Travel magazine, I thought of you. Then I saw a picture of the beautiful Tuscan countryside at dusk. This, too, reminded me of your treasured year in Italy, how much you loved it, and the young man you fell in love with. You had some beautiful love stories. The world loved you more than you knew at that time. You were always so fragile where love was concerned, yet so invested, so strong.
You met me in Lisbon, somehow I got caught in a time warp and was a day late, but you were there. We proceeded to have great adventures in Portugal. Remember sleeping on the beach(?), I don't think you liked that very much, but I do think you loved the four-poster bed at the Lancer's Wine Estate, and the lavish seven course meal. What did that cost us(?), what year was that, I think it cost $25 a piece, and then we went for a run in in the morning through the vineyards, what fun!
Many, many memories of you, and your family. Your family became family to me, too.
I can't believe you are gone. At first, when I saw you standing in the sand I felt something was wrong, just a feeling, I did not know of your accident, then I saw the word Memoriam, and I realized you were in Heaven, but I cannot believe you are gone, what happened(?), how did this happen(?). You are a light that left to early. Why?
How is Charlene? How is McCarthy? How are they fairing? I know your mother misses her dear girl, I know McCarthy does, too, he loved his daughter, Beth. He was so proud of You.
I remember so many fun times with you. Remember Area, remember Studio 54? Years ago, but close momories for me. I loved your mother's apartment in the West Village,the view of the Twin Towers from your bedroom window, the freedom of your apartment, the fact that your mother had vanilla Haagen-Dazs in her freezer.
Beth, you captured the hearts of many others, as well. All who knew you came to know, and share, your love of the world. Clearly your appreciation of the world reflected in your art, impacted many in a positive manner, that is a legacy that most do not leave behind fom a life ended too soon.
And then there was your palette....my palette clearly benefited from the education in gastronomy that I experienced from my time spent with you....A few lessons...A) Always be prepared to share your meal with Beth, because you would typically say," I'll order this, and why don't you have THAT, and we'll share." (B) " Never bring my Mom anything for the Kitchen(as I perused beautiful Portugese ceramic ware)". (C) "Never, Ever mess with McCarthy's Leek Soup! "(D) "Always try to eat Clean."
So, just last week I was thinking of how you used to buy clothing, and shoes, from the Children's Department at Fiorucci's. Beth, you had such a great sense of style. I remember the little red ubber pumps you wore to Studio54. I just remember seeing you walk up to the door, with Nicole B., thinking you had way to much style for such a place. You did not have fashion, you had style.
I am so sorry for all the time lost, I just found this. It is so great to see you, again, to seethe beautiful, lovely, lively woman, Beth. But you look changed, you came into your own, your most authentic self emerged, you became even more beautiful. You look so much like your mother in some of the pictures, an amazing resemblance.
Your photography grasped me. I will never forget the reticulated picture of the Three Generations of Women, I loved that, it was exquisite!
How devastating for your mother, your family, to have lost you. Charlene channeled all of your purity, love, ceativity, positivity and immense heart into this website, what a wonderful outpouring and a place for all those who loved you to visit with you. Somehow it does not feel that you are so far away, just on another grand adventure.
Early this morning I sat, crying, having read every word of every visitor. What a good representation of how to live llfe, Beth. You really were a good diplomat, a from a far.
Skye awoke with the start of a cold, had to take a break, fell asleep. You would love Skye, so witty, a gifted child, the cutest baby, a sensitive boy,now, and beautiful with full lips, and hazel eyes like my mother's. Still thinking of you, full of memories, and thoughts of you, and mutual friends. Thoughts of Calhoun, Del Rio's, and all adventures with you, your love of all things lovely and deliciious, your love of exploration, your bravery, Beth, the bravery that knew no depths, your struggles, your keen sense of perception, your search for better health, your work ethic, your joy.
A break to give Grace a warm wake-up hug. Now, making oatmeal for Grace, thinking of you, my dear friend. Again, I apologize for all the time that went by without contact. No excuses, life just became complicated, and way too difficult, and painful. But, my kids are my greatest joy, and you would love them, and they would have loved you, perhaps you can visit them, look down on them, and keep them safe, always.
Grace has the most beautiful, fabulous long eyelashes, and big brown eyes, just like yours. And what a spirited, intelligent girl, with a keen eye for detail, a great sense of style, a love of food, and tremendous sensitivity, and she looks so much like my mother, it is uncanny, but perhaps you see this, too.
My Love to You, Dear One. Please join hands with my Mom, and your grandmother, and know how much I loved you all.
-I Have Always Missed You-
MM - December 29th, 2013
As always DD, you have all my joy! xox
Lena - November 26th, 2013
In my thoughts always and forever beautiful DD-xox MM
Morgan - October 18th, 2013
Miss you-terribly DD
MM - October 1st, 2013
Yet another September without your smile DD, how can this be xoxMM
Molly Kenefick - August 4th, 2013
You were the first of three friends to pass in the last 5 years. Today, I wrote a sympathy card to someone and I wrote that I still think of you all often, and that if anything, I find the lessons you were giving me when you were alive are finally sinking in now that you've passed on. (Oh, the irony.)
The lessons I have received from you, Beth, are: take care of myself, travel, be open to new friends, treasure close friends, and invest in my creativity.
Thank you, Beth. I still love you so much.
MM - August 4th, 2013
Wishing more wishes DD, or just one-if only arms could reach that far...remembering every moment of and on this special day...xoxMM
Danielle - July 27th, 2013
Hi Beth, I miss you old friend. xxoo
Sandy and Andi Gaitz - July 26th, 2013
Our hearts have been with you as we smelled the lavender in Pikes Market and now as our train now travels through Tacoma. We will always loveBaby Beth
Sandy Jimenez - July 10th, 2013
It's muggy, it's hot and inescapably humid in New York and you've been on my mind since this heatwave started. I am remembering so many of the summer days and noisy downtown nights of our youth. I miss you Beth.
Sarah Molloy - June 4th, 2013
Going to our 25th Reunion in Florence. It will not be the same without you and I will be thinking about you and all our wonderful adventures together. Eeeekss...just thought of Sicily -- we were young and a little naive. Oh - and Greece -- too funny. I'm smiling - I bet you are too!
Martha/Earl Steen - May 16th, 2013
Miss you, cuz! Wish I could share pictures of the grandchildren with you...they are so cute!!
Still holding down both houses, all is well.
Morgan - May 12th, 2013
Andi and Sandy Gaitz - April 19th, 2013
Still hard to fathom that you have been gone 5 years. Your spirit will live on forever Baby Beth.
always in our hearts with love
Morgan - March 31st, 2013
Always in all ways loving you DD
Molly Kenefick - February 17th, 2013
Thinking about you and missing you. I can't believe it's almost been 5 years.
This summer they'll have the 25th reunion of our year-abroad-in-Florence program. I still haven't decided if I'm going yet.
Ti voglio bene, carissima,
Morgan - January 30th, 2013
Miss you more than ever DD-mm
MM - December 31st, 2012
Wordless special thoughts - just feelings and wishes. Forever DD
MM - November 27th, 2012
Still not real-am always missing you xoxoxo
Martha and Earl Steen - October 29th, 2012
Thinking of you alot lately. xoxoxo MS/ES
Morgan - October 18th, 2012
Love you DD 4ever xox MM
MM - October 1st, 2012
Things are a bit off for me right now, but not my love for you xoxoxo
Richard Goldstein - August 24th, 2012
Dropped by to say hello. Thinking of you alot these days.
Molly - August 6th, 2012
Happy belated birthday.
Love you and miss you.
Sarah Jackson - August 5th, 2012
Thinking about you this weekend. Happy Birthday.
Hank Hauffe - August 4th, 2012
Thinking about you today girl... miss you.
Lisa - August 3rd, 2012
Thinking of you.
MM - August 1st, 2012
DD-all July I have been thinking of what August brings - if only it could bring you. Sadness not further just deeper MM
Morgan - June 30th, 2012
Just wanted to share this special day with you-miss you so much-pass it on to GG-love you DD
MM - May 13th, 2012
u r my forever DD - grab G's hand & give her a special hug & kiss for me- MM
Joe Baraban - April 25th, 2012
Beautiful site. It's obvious a lot of time and love went into it.
Thanks for sharing it.
Hugh - April 23rd, 2012
Leaving in June to hike the Camino Santiago in Spain. Hope to feel your spirit on the path and have you join me on the way. Oh what sites we will see and people we will meet there.
henri - April 21st, 2012
Only one lovely sunny afternoon meeting in Paris and a lot of sadness that we never met again but your photos do sing on!
Sharon insul - April 20th, 2012
Salsa& chips on the 5th Ave. Bench!!!!!!!!!!
Always in thoughts & heart.
Judith Perkins - April 20th, 2012
Watching your video and smiling through the tears. Such a beautiful person - and still loved and missed.
Rodger Young - April 20th, 2012
Earl and Martha Steen - April 5th, 2012
You live in spirit in my gardens. We miss you xoxoxo MS/ES
Takahiro Kaneyama - March 19th, 2012
I sent this e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it was bounced back, so I'll try here.
My name is Takahiro Kaneyama, and I graduated from SVA MFA Photography in 2001, the same year Beth graduated.
As I was looking through my film negatives the other day, I found a polaroid photo of Beth and another classmate (David Allee) that I took during class. I don't exactly remember which class it was for, but I believe I took it in the SVA gallery in SOHO in 2000. It's just one of test shoots (nothing spectacular), and the image is kind of dark, but I thought you would like to have it. I'll be happy to mail it to you.
MM - February 28th, 2012
Its leap year-an extra day without you -LYF-MM
Chris Akin - January 5th, 2012
I hadn't talked to you in a while and thought I would see what you were up to, but I didn't expect this. I checked my email for our exchanges, and in the first one I read, you wished me "a perfect New Year." Your timing is still perfect. I met you and saw your photographs at Fotofest in 2004 and I loved your work. So much color, and so much life. I am glad I was able to meet you.
MM - December 25th, 2011
It's Christmas - not the same - LYFDD-mm
Molly - December 9th, 2011
It's the holidays and I'm thinking about you. Lots going on I'd love to share with you. It's so much harder now, in my 40s, to make dear friends. I miss you.
mm - November 30th, 2011
talking is all different without you-LYF-DD
MM - October 30th, 2011
Its raisin time again-miss you DD-AAF-MM
MM - September 27th, 2011
Still don't understand-never will-LYFMDD
Andi Gaitz - August 12th, 2011
You will always be in my heart and your spirit will live on.
Molly Kenefick - August 4th, 2011
Happy Birthday, sweetie.
I love you and miss you.
Sarah Molloy Jackson - August 4th, 2011
Thinking about you and miss you.
DAVID V. - August 4th, 2011
Your day,today & how lucky are the kids that will be born today - to share the specialness of it with you.
You sunshine smile still lights my path & probably even more so now.
A toast to you & thanks for making my life better.
Auntie Sharon - August 3rd, 2011
Always in my heart and on my mind
Martha & Earl Steen - July 28th, 2011
Miss you so much!!
DeeCee - July 22nd, 2011
It's almost your birthday cousin and I amsending you beautiful wishes where ever you are.
Sarah Jackson - July 14th, 2011
Just thinking about you. Remembered the website and wanted to visit. Smiling now. Miss you.
David V. - July 2nd, 2011
Had a heck of a June & expect more of the same for the forseeable future. May not be able to stop by as often as I'd like.Know that you are always with me as my friend & also know that friendship has never waned - Thank you for bringing your sunshine smile into my life.
MM - July 1st, 2011
I needed to post this 30 June-forgive me DD-LYF-MM
MM - May 19th, 2011
Wishes from your friends-so special to know that they keep you close-especially today! A & F DD-xoxoxoMM
Jeffery Smith - May 19th, 2011
today's your Mom's Birthday, and I wished her Happy Birthday (Ala Marilyn Monroe;^), on her FB page. I immediately thought of you, and remembered that there is this one place I could visit, and just say Hi, and I love and Miss you alot! I know you're in a great place,and wherever it is I hope you feel the love that comes to you from everyone that visits you on your site!
Peace, Love, & Blessings,
David V. - May 18th, 2011
P2 had a birthday - P1 had a camera - I thought of you & saw your sunshine smile.
It's nice to be your friend.
RBL - May 5th, 2011
ANOTHER OCCASION TO EXPRESS THANKS TO YOU - THANK YOU & MISS YOU.
Judith Perkins - April 21st, 2011
Still miss you, Lady!
Sandy & Andi Gaitz - April 20th, 2011
With loving thoughts of you today as always. You will be in our hearts forever.
Molly Kenefick - April 20th, 2011
I was psyched when recently I became skinny enough to fit into the groovy pants I bought under your fashion tutelage at Anthropologie the last time we hung out in Berkeley, about 4 years ago.
I wore them to Passover dinner two nights ago and toasted you.
I miss you and love you. I know that somewhere you're watching us, your friends and family, with love.
Mike Blair - April 20th, 2011
Three years. Still miss you kiddo. Still see you smiling.
RBL - April 13th, 2011
MM - March 31st, 2011
Been a long month DD, but even longer without you-infinite x's&o's MM
MM - February 27th, 2011
Empty, gray and sad without you DD -glad its time to sleep and dream
Molly Kenefick - January 29th, 2011
There's so much I'd like to talk about with you these days. I miss your loving support, but I can still think of the kinds of questions you'd be asking me. I am grateful to still hear your voice.
Mike Blair - January 7th, 2011
Sitting here listening to Jack Johnson sing "Upside Down" and thinking about how upside down things went the day you passed my dear little friend. Spent a beautiful New Years eve in Marathon with your mom and McCarthy. I think maybe you were tagging along. Happy New Year Kiddo.
MM - January 3rd, 2011
If only you were here DD-another new year without you-missing you in all ways. xoxMM
David V. - December 9th, 2010
3 years - you are missed.
RBL - November 25th, 2010
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR THE BLESSINGS IN OUR LIFE.
TODAY,I'LL BE GIVING THANKS THAT OUR TRAILS CROSSED & YOU SHARED YOUR SUNSHINE SMILE WITH ME.
THANKS FOR BEING MY FRIEND.
MM - November 20th, 2010
Its gloomy today DD, but wouldn't be if you were here-miss you so very very much. XO-MM
Molly - October 17th, 2010
MM - September 19th, 2010
Always thinking of you, missing you, loving you-forever DD
Jamie - August 14th, 2010
Hey Beth - it's me. I just dropped by to say hi. Ruby is getting very fat and is very social these days. She gets a little upset when she isn't getting enough attention. She is laughing now and is ticklish. I think her eyes will be brown, but maybe not as dark as Ori's or Edie's. Edie is a complete terror and ve-ry intense these days. She creates odd little installations - lots of objects carefully arranged in some order that is meaningful to her. Last week when I made her stop for bedtime, she got very upset with me and said "but my work is my life!" She was so distraught, it was heartbreaking! But also well past bedtime. And her "work" also consisted of rubbing a butter knife very carefully across the tines of a fork making the MOST irritating sound ever. The next day she spent about 5 hours drawing fervently - one picture after another. Lately I've been thinking she is going to end up an artist of some kind with that kind of obsessive drive and vision.
I think you would enjoy Ori lately. She is turning into a very interesting person (not that she hasn't always been). It amazes me and touches me sometimes when I realize how profound an influence knowing you and losing you has been for her. That sounds sad, but I don't mean it that way. More that it has shaped who she is in some wonderful and very deep ways as well as the painful parts. She has a sense of humor some days that is really fun and she is very sweet to Ruby (and on very very rare occasions to Edie).
Me I feel very lackluster and lacking some edge of some kind. Also very chubby.
So enough about me... what about you? Obviously, I miss our conversations. I know you were reading eat pray love and finding it surprisingly inspirational. I kept meaning to read it, but never did. Now I've been seeing posters lately for the movie version with Julia Roberts. I'm irritated with her and the movie and the book without ever having seen either one. I don't know why - maybe there just seems something so superficially deep about it. Sort of like in yoga when you are supposed to be feeling one with the universe. Although I feel wonderful when I've been practicing yoga - and it's been too long. So... You should tell me all about why I am wrong.
The problem with this silly little box I am writing in is that I can only see a few lines at a time and it's too hard to scroll up and down, so I just ramble on and on.
Oh, but I've been wanting to tell you about my brilliant idea for childcare. I'm going to join the gym and go every day and work out or something for about 20minutes and then work - at the gym - while the on site child care takes care of Ruby. I figure it works out to $5 an hour or less once you figure the membership dues and depending on how often I go (the more I go, the more cost effective it is). So maybe I won't be so chubby for long. Wouldn't that be nice? Okay, sweetie - it's really late and I will let you go. It's been nice talking to you. Not as nice as it used to be. But still somehow nice.
marthA and earl - August 6th, 2010
Beth, Happy belated birthday. We miss you so much.....
melissa noble - August 5th, 2010
Molly Kenefick - August 4th, 2010
Love you lots.
Auntie Sharon - August 4th, 2010
To and for Bethie- pooh. So, so missed and loved. Happy birthday peanut and give hugs to yourself and grandma. My thoughts of you
are on a daily basis.
Auntie Sharon & Uncle Denny
noella - August 4th, 2010
Remembering you well, and always with much love.
Sandy & Andi Gaitz - August 4th, 2010
Your smile warms my heart today and makes it a bit lighter. We will always miss and love you.
Naoko and Atsuko from Japan - August 4th, 2010
Happy Birthday, Beth! We are talking about how much we miss you on this special day. Love,
RBL - August 3rd, 2010
Today the mint tea will toast your special day and your special way continues to be a blessing in my life.
The light from your sunshine smile still brightens the trail. Thanks for being my friend.
Sandy Jimenez - August 2nd, 2010
You were on my mind this morning as I hustled to work in the humidity of the city. I just know you would have found something beautiful, or meaningful in all the harried impersonal rush. You are missed.
Molly - July 19th, 2010
Missing you, Beth.
Love always, Molly
MM - June 30th, 2010
Beautiful, amazing, special DD-always thinking and sending copious amounts of x's&o's. Damn! you need to be here.
earl and martha steen - May 26th, 2010
Missing you. Slim is with you now....he will be good to you. We told him about you and I know he will seek you out.
MM - May 19th, 2010
Still not real-It couldn't be lovely without you DD-infinite x's&o's MM
Jeffery Smith - May 16th, 2010
I have often thought of you, over the years, with the fondest memories, of visiting with you guys in Brooklyn, and hanging out at Del Rio's, but most of all; sharing the celebration of your 16th Birthday, with you,your Mom, and McCarthy,
and going to the movies, to see "Robo Cop".
I can't begin to imagine, how many times, we must have crossed paths, in our travels throughout Europe & Asia, and didn't even know it.
You are sorely missed here. The only consolation, is that, I know you're with your fellow Angels, in heaven, because you were, a an Angel here on earth.
Eternal Peace, Love, and Blessings, Beautiful Beth,
Mike Blair - April 29th, 2010
As I think about Corbett's first anniversary tomorrow, I can't help but think about you as well. I remember the laughter of the two you the way I remember to breathe. It is natural, it is always with me. I love you and miss you every day.
Dave W - April 22nd, 2010
I still raise a glass to you and think good thoughts about you around the campfire, young lady.
I wonder still, two years later, about how your project would have turned out. I like to think you would have made us all proud.
Sandy Jimenez - April 21st, 2010
I couldn't get to a computer the last couple of days. Not a bad thing I suppose.
I miss you terribly these days my friend. My very first feature length motion picture screened on March 27th; The one I had just finished production on when we last spoke.
We did the projection test in the empty Courthouse theater at Anthology Film Archive where you and I saw Alphaville together a lifetime ago, and looking at the rows of empty seats in the dark it was all too easy to picture you there.
Jamie - April 20th, 2010
Hey Beth - It's me. I talked to your mom yesterday and was telling her how I kept having this idea that the baby would be born today. Well, it's almost dinnertime and no baby, so maybe not. That's okay - well maybe I am a little disappointed, even though I have always known it was kind of stupid. but what isn't okay today is that i miss you. Maybe it's all about pregnancy hormones and all that, but lately it bothers me more instead of less. I was feeling guilty today about being so self involved and not doing much with Edie, so i took her to the playground at Ori's school and there were all these moms there. I chatted with a couple of them, but somehow I think they didn't like me that much and I didn't like them either. Hard to say why. One of them was complaining about how the school was brainwashing her first grader with all their stuff about earth day. i think he wanted to pick up litter and put it in the garbage and i guess she doesn't want him picking up trash on the street. Okay, so I can kind of see her point, but she was so uptight and irritating - and self righteous. yuck.
Anyway, sweetie, I like my life and so many things about it are really truly wonderful, but I wish you were here. I really miss your voice on the phone.
Molly - April 20th, 2010
I remember the necklace of tiny pearls you wore. Today I'm wearing one of my pearl necklaces for you. You always encouraged me to enjoy the beautiful things I have and all the beauty around me.
Much love always,
RBL - April 20th, 2010
Thank you for being my friend and guardian angel. Thank you for entering my life & sharing the wonderment that is you with all you touched. You will always be the lady withthe sunshine smile to me.
Nicole O\\\\\\\'Bryan - April 4th, 2010
Easter today. You always claimed this was your favorite holiday and I always laughed. But today somehow I got it. Just put out the fuzzy chick and beautiful czech egg along with the tinted eggs you brought us one easter. Why Easter? well it really is about the impossible actually happening. I don\\\'t mean all the jesus stuff and crap but something about the implausibility of a giant rabbit with rounded paws handling delicated eggs and hiding them all around and the adults just going with it and the kids shrugging their shoulders and digging into more candy through hyper colored celophane grass. Friends, family and the promise of spring or in Houston a promise of a really fucking hot summer but not quite yet. ahh sigh another mimosa, a cool breeze not quite the hot wet blanket yet. Crazy kids. documenting crazy kids. watching you watching them. missing you so much my friend.
noella - March 29th, 2010
Spent the better part of an hour this evening, pissing about on that infernal time-waster that is Facebook, while the boys steamrolled through their homework assignments. Pulled up some particularly amusing word vollies that we had going there, and laughed my head off while re-reading them; all hugely inappropriate, of course!! I shut down the computer feeling very fortunate to have had all those moments with you. Left the attic, closing the door behind me, and immediately dropped my foot onto something small and painfully sharp.......one of the tiny flower clips I bought for your hair while you stayed that last summer. I'm not sure where the hell you dug that up from, but thanks!!!! Good to hear from you, doll. Hugs and kisses enough to fill the space between us. Ever, N XOXOXOXOX
Jamie - March 29th, 2010
Hey Beth - Danny called me today to \\\"remind me\\\" that today is your yahrzeit - the anniversary of your death by the Jewish Calendar. Of course it irritated me completely and I think you would understand all the many ways why. It also occurred to me, though, that this baby could easily be born on April 20th. I don\\\'t know it that is creepy or wonderful - maybe a little bit of both. Now that it is in my head, i kind of hope s/he comes that day. I hope you like the name we choose. At least part of it will be with you in mind, but names are such funny things.
I miss you so much lately. Selfishly, perhaps, all the many many things I\\\'d like to call and complain about or rant about. All the homornally deranged moments I think you would find amusing.
On other fronts. On Friday the damn dog stepped on the laptop cable and broke the jack to your computer. I thought about repairing it myself, but the screws were stripped, so I took it to the crazy lab tech place. the main guy that works there is a crabby old guy who spends his time yelling at the spineless younger guy who whines back. Anyways, today they called and left a message with John that the computer wasn\\\'t booting up at all (it IS backed up, but still...) so then I panicked and called and the crotchety guy starts rambling about how the airport card isn\\\'t working and the keyboard isn\\\'t working and maybe we should go get a drink bc my computer is driving him to it. He is somewhere between super creepy and crustily charming. Finally, when I called him back an hour later, he has it working again except the wireless card. That\\\'s not the end of the world, and it\\\'s not quite as horrifically expensive in the end as I was afraid it was going to be.
Now I\\\'ve lost my train of thought and this window is too too tiny. But I miss you and so much wish you were here to be a part of these minor but consuming dramas.
Karen - March 4th, 2010
Today I looked at my blog entry from a day we spent going to galleries then having lunch with my dad. He was so charmed by you. I miss you. Love, Karen
Molly - February 7th, 2010
I had so much fun today at an antique fair--ended up buying a large framed oval photo from around 1900 that I think you would also groove on.
Our talks about art and life continue to enrich me.
Love and miss you, Beth.
martha steen - January 12th, 2010
Cuz.....I have surgery tomorrow...on my shoulder. Occupational hazard of having horses I guess. I lnow you will spread your wings and protect me as only you can do. I love you and miss you
MM - January 1st, 2010
happy new year! hearing west texas train whistles, remembering the waiting, the arriving and the flowers; but now the hugs and kisses remain in dreams forever searching for glimpes and sounds while feeling the missing even more lovely beautiful DD!
andrew - December 15th, 2009
I met Beth almost two years ago in Reno. She was shooting pictures for an upcoming project. I logged on to her sight to follow up on the project we talked about. I am sad to read about her passing.
RBL - December 13th, 2009
Two years today - thank YOU & Grandma very much. I will NEVER forget.
Molly - December 4th, 2009
I'm off tomorrow to my first vacation in two years--going to Big Sur and environs for a week.
I am making reservations now for our stay and I know you would encourage me to stay in the not-much-more-expensive but much more luxurious place, which I will enjoy so much.
I'll be thinking about you as I walk the beach, write in my journal, and hike in the hills, and we will toast you with some fabulous wine.
I miss you but I know you're one of our angels. Your spirit continues to shine brightly and influence me and many other people you loved and touched.
Hugs and kisses,
Ori Marcu - December 3rd, 2009
Beth was my friend since I was a baby. I am only 10 years old, and this death had a great impact on me. Beth was a second mom to me, and she set an image for me. I plan to be a photographer just like her. I am the daughter of her best friend Jamie Sherman, and around this time I would usually go to her house and go out for a treat with her. It was great fun being friends with you Beth.
RBL - November 26th, 2009
Today is a day set aside for us to be "Thankful" for the good in our lives.
EVERY day I'm thankful that we were friends as you made my life better for just knowing you.
Your sunshine smile still lights the trail for me.
THANK YOU FOR YOU....
noella - October 14th, 2009
Just celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend past, and remain ever thankful of my friendship with you. It continues to enrich my life in more ways than I'll ever be able to count. Find myself getting surprised by bits of you swirling around in the days. It's nice to know you're still close enough to hear me say "I love you!!!!!"
MM - October 4th, 2009
Just bought some wonderful Lavender at the farmer's market. Missing you terribly special, lovely DD.
Lisa Cypers Kamen - September 13th, 2009
Zelda...it took me until now to visit. Yesterday, the family went to visit Grandma for her "unveiling". I envisioned the two of you yacking it up commenting on our looks, clothing and interpersonal dynamics! Oh my, you are missed. I treasure your gift to me of Saharan sand in a small jar. Probably one of the most treasured presents I have ever received as it felt like you understood who I am in giving it. Soar high cousin. Much love, DeeCee
Randy Levy - September 11th, 2009
Thank you for blessing my life. You are pure love.
Sandy Jimenez - September 8th, 2009
I was at Howl Fest here in New York over the weekend in Tompkins Square Park and our friend Risa Milner from the Barrow Street Ale House days asked after you. You are missed greatly.
MM - August 30th, 2009
Phyllis - August 11th, 2009
Happy Birthday, Beth!
Judy & Frank - August 11th, 2009
We will be celebrating with you and Beth today.
Judy & Frank
Taka - August 10th, 2009
I am usually in Tokyo at this time of the year, but not this year...Happy Birthday, Beth! from NYC.
Melora - August 8th, 2009
Auntie Sharon - August 7th, 2009
Chips ,guacamole, plenty of salsa, a park bench on Fifth Avenue and my niece Bethy-
pooh. Eclairs on my birthday and yellow roses on yours. Our early morning meets and Village escapades!!! Memories chocked full that I will continue to play and re-play of my niece who was, is and always will be a big chunk of my heart !!!
How deeply and completely you are missed.
Willy T - August 6th, 2009
On the 4th Beth was toasted in the French Quarter with rum and tequila and jazz music blowing.
with love and hugs
lauren shpall - August 6th, 2009
happy happy birthday dear dear beth.
i think of you often with a smile.
i remember talking about how much of a leo you were. you are deeply missed dear beth.
sending you love always,
Raphie - August 5th, 2009
We will raise as well a glass of wine here in Jerusalem
Chris Verene - August 5th, 2009
I was one of Bethâ€™s instructors at SVA. She was a great person, and she was in awe of, or amazed by, the city and the world around us. Best wishes to you and consider this a toast to Beth and her family and friends! Cheers!
Atsuko - August 5th, 2009
Happy birthday, Beth! The other day, I found an old card from you. It says "A friend spreads sunshine in our path.Don't know what I'd do without a friend like you!" Yes, this is the truth. Hiroshi, Tomoko and I all love you and miss you, Beth.
Sandy Jimenez - August 5th, 2009
Happy Birthday Beth.
You are missed greatly far and wide by all of us who are lucky enough to have had you touch our lives across the earth.
Garvin - August 5th, 2009
Happy Birthday, Beth!
MM - August 5th, 2009
To your birthday DD-miss you so very very much amazing sweet girl!!!
Joanne - August 5th, 2009
I think often of Beth, particularly each morning when I go outside, and watch the sun come up. I have a beautiful angel statute in the backyard which reminds me so much of my beloved twin brother who was such a "thinker" and who, like Beth, died way before his time. This morning I got up and watched the sun come up and thought beautiful thoughts of Beth, her family, and her incredible legacy which will never be forgotten. I tried very hard not to cry but the tears flowed.
With love and support,
Lisa - August 5th, 2009
I was just thinking about Beth and you today! I will say a toast and think of Beth tomorrow. Her life is such a sweet blessing to those people she touched both personally and through her art. I surround you in light and love. Warmly,
Elaine - August 5th, 2009
We will eat something very yummy, very special, and very Beth tomorrow.
It won't be an average "good" thing, it will have to be created with great care and skill. Dave always says how Beth had a very evolved platette.
We miss Beth and strangely we think we see her often while on the street -- its a thin but powerful woman moving at a good clip, with hair blowing wildly, and a distinct bounce in her step.
All our love,
Bonni BenRubi - August 5th, 2009
thanks Charlene - I will lift a glass to honor Beth - Bonni
Molly Kenefick - August 4th, 2009
Happy Birthday, sweetie. I have several things I'd be asking your opinion on right now if I could call you. Instead I channel what I think you'd say. You were always such a supportive friend. You inspire me in that area, too.
Lots of love always,
Robert Szajkowski - August 4th, 2009
Happy birthday Beth. Got a new camera for mine. I miss sharing ideas with you. Lisa and I will raise a glass.
John - August 4th, 2009
Happy Birthday Beth! Cindy, Garvin, Caroline, Phil and I are taking you to Kanomwan tonight for some champagne and green curry, and I'll be seeing you tomorrow running Scout on the track around Rice, just like I always do.
Andi & Sandy Gaitz - August 4th, 2009
You will always have a special place in my heart and will always be Baby Beth to me. I can only imagine you celebrating your birthday with your grandmother and raising a glass to each other with love and laughter in your hearts.
Angela - August 4th, 2009
Happy Birthday-You have been on my mind over the past few days not realizing that your birthday was near!!Please rejoice, dance and enjoy this day as I will in your honor. I will be toasting you this evening when I have dinner with my sister and family. Missing you!
Jenny - August 4th, 2009
Happy Birthday Beth. You are still with us. I am so grateful to the people you surrounded yourself with for sharing in this blog as it helps connect to my memories of you and my feelings of loss.
Chieko - August 4th, 2009
There was a very favorite cake when Beth was in Niigata.
We frequently bought together and ate.
She came to Niigata to meet us in 2007 , Beth wanted to eat it's cake,
but,because Beth's schedule was busy it was not possible to eat.
Today,I ate that very good memory's cake with a very good Lady who assumed the best friend in my mind .
And I said "Happy birthday,to you!"
And I rememberd many many with Beth's Memories.
Well, usually use translate H.P. It was help me.
. There is only relying on [ni]. While worrying whether the meaning runs.
So I can't write letter on Beth's H.P.
Therefore, I can hera it is not possible that Beth saying to me ,"DO more study English,!"
I sayid "Ok!Beth,Please wait this year.
Mike Blair - August 4th, 2009
I am sure that wherever you are you are lifting a glass to your special day and lifting the spirits of all those around you. Happy Birthday dear Beth. We miss you with all that is in us.
Suzanne McConaughy - August 4th, 2009
I miss you Beth. Happy Birthday. The world is so much richer when I see it through your lense. I'm glad you left something behind for us to enjoy your perspective.
Sarah Jackson - August 4th, 2009
Happy Birthday Beth. I think (and speak) of you often. Miss our checkins. Love, Sarah
Rhonda Wilson - August 4th, 2009
Beth - we share the same birth sign - those lions which are always leaping around, full of energy and life. So from Birmingham, from myself and the Rhubarb team, we send our love to you on your birthday and will raise a glass later, on behalf of all the lions in the world. love rhonda x
Dave V. - August 4th, 2009
To the lady with the sunshine smile - thank you for your zest for celebrating each day.
Today is YOUR day which gives even more heart to our daily celebration. Today, as I toast you I also toast and thank ALL the powers that made it possible for our friendship.
You will always be in my heart & being.
Again - nice being your friend....
Kat - August 4th, 2009
Judith Perkins - August 3rd, 2009
Darling Beth, here's to you! Shining girl, your smile lit the room and your memory makes me smile. Love you - happy birthday!
Flavius Akerele - August 3rd, 2009
Happy Birthday Beth 40 is a good year
martha and earl steen - August 3rd, 2009
Beth: We miss you so much...you are with us in our hearts and thoughts. We now have a mother doe and a fawn living in our back yard...Earl sees them a lot I always miss them. I think of our plans for a BBQ and ride the horses as the sun set.....we are going to Pittsburgh in 16 days to visit Fran...I will make it to New York one day....wish you were there as we talked about before you left us.....oh, I'm going back to school as we had discussed, you are an inspiration!!
We love you, cuz
Earl and Martha
Marlene Galvin - August 3rd, 2009
Beth is just doesn't seem a reality that you are gone from this place on earth. I know that you are only gone in body, but you will always remain with everyone that you have touched forever. I will always be so happy that you came to see me in Memphis and that I was a part of your life. Even though I was only related by marriage I never felt that way I felt that we were kindred spirits and will always be. Your mom and I hit it off right away and even though we don't see each other or talk we are always in each others hearts as you will always be. Happy Birthday Beth.
Molly Kenefick - July 23rd, 2009
Hey sweet Beth,
Your birthday's coming up soon and I'm thinking about you and missing you.
Dave W - July 21st, 2009
I still think good thoughts about you, high on a ridge, crack of dawn coming over the eastern horizon. The silence so loud you can hear it. What a photo you could have taken of that!
RBL - July 16th, 2009
Just saying hi to let you know I thinl of you often.
Noella - July 8th, 2009
Michael is working and the boys are out of town with their grandparents. It would have been the perfect afternoon to share a cup of tea beneath my chestnut tree, with a dear, dear friend. The weather is perfect too - warm enough for a Texan, cold enough for a Canadian!! Maybe I'll pour a cuppa, and sit out there just the same. Missing you today and every day. Always, very much love, N XOXOXOX
MM - June 4th, 2009
Love you sweet girl!!!
Flavius Akerele - May 20th, 2009
I am remember the good times in fair Niigaata, and I was aware of your success as a photographer. Would that we had more time to know each other in the various stages of our lives, I am sad that it takes death to make think more about such things.
You are loved and we remember.
Jonathan Trachtman - May 19th, 2009
As things go, we haven't been in touch for a few years now. Ironically, as things have it, sometimes Facebook assures us we are friends 'in touch,' when i fact we've been facebook 'friends' for however long and I had no idea of your leaving us until this past week.
The shock will not subside for some long time, and yet, amid my own tears and some regrets at not having been able to cross paths the last few times you were in LA and I was in NYC, i am grateful for the friends we've been LONG before Facebook....
I'll always remember those long talks we had back in Niigata all those years ago, whether it be hangin' at a local joint or chillin' at your place (my apt was waaaay too cramped for hosting :)
and after my move to LA, it was always a pleasure to see you upon your returns 'home.'
i have especially fond memories of your exhibit in LA at the Dintaman Gallery. I was and still am so proud of you for heading out there and grabbing your dream and becoming a photographer. your determination and passion is to be admired.
What a bonus to have met your lovely Mom, Grandma, and Mccarthy, I wish it had been more often.
It's not easy for me to communicate my thoughts, sorrow, and bittersweet joy at remembering the many lovely moments where our lives intersected, and of course to contemplate a friendship unfinished.
I'm glad to be a small part of this growing community of posting peeps who have known you and loved you.
Sending you warmth and peace and love wherever you are. One thing I'm sure of is that your beaming smile is enchanting whomever you are hangin' with now....
RBL - May 17th, 2009
Figured you'd like to know that today - PENELOPE MOON joined PHOEBE STAR. all is fine & THANKS for being our Guardian Angel.
MM - April 28th, 2009
Miss you so much sweet girl!!!xoxoxoxoxxoxxoxoxox
Phyllis - April 26th, 2009
Beth, your essence is radiant!
Phyllis - a friend of your mom.
Lindley Gray - April 20th, 2009
I wished today, as I have many times before, that I could have known you better. My life would surely have been enriched. My family and I are thinking of you, hoping this year away from earth has been as wonderful as you.
Kat - April 20th, 2009
Still can't believe it. There is so much to tell you. Know your are loved....
martha and earl steen - April 20th, 2009
We lit our candle a year ago...it is an everlasting candle reminding us of Beth daily. Tonight, we lit a candle to celebrate Beths life. It is bright, the flame dancing a dance of life. It is a spiritual candle, sending smoke signals up to the heavens...our is a big candle...a Texas Bonfire!!
Beth, you are here, like we had planned...the horses are ready for you to ride, the creek is flowing faithfully, providing spring water for the wildlife, hydrating the trees and ferns. The bonfire is flickering, dancing, reaching to you to let you know we love you, cuz...xoxoxo
liz gorman - April 20th, 2009
I have my candle lit for Beth right next to a photograph of hers. She is still missed!
martha and earl steen - April 20th, 2009
Andi Warner Gaitz - April 20th, 2009
I picture you in your red shoes and how your grew from "Baby Beth" to a beautiful woman. My heart breaks for your mother and McCarthy and those whose lives you so touched.
The light from the candle I lit for you will be in my heart forever.
I love and miss you.
Dave - April 20th, 2009
Today I cried... tears of joy that you came into my life (& made me better for it) & tears of sorrow that it was so very,very brief.
Every morning when I have my MINT tea (that should make you laugh), your "sunshine smile" lights up my day surely brighter than the candle I lit for you. As you did with so many,your indelible presence is felt deep in my heart.
It is very nice being YOUR friend.
Mike Blair - April 20th, 2009
I can still see your smile.
I can still hear your voice.
I can still feel your light.
I wish I could hug you again.
Susan Vogelfang - April 20th, 2009
I remember Beth on her anniversary and the pain of losing her resurfaces. Today I think of her mother and the huge tear in the fabric of her life. This beautiful website and guestbook lets us hold you close, Charlene, in loving embrace as time passes and you try to find peace. I lit a Yartsite candle. With love.
martha and earl steen - April 19th, 2009
lauren Shpall - April 19th, 2009
I miss you Beth so much. A year has gone and you are still in my thoughts and heart. I sending love to you and your family everyday.
Laurence Asseraf - April 19th, 2009
The beauty of Beth's soul transpires through her photographs, and this will never die
Richard Levenson - April 19th, 2009
Beth, a year goes so fast as does the sadness I feel when I think of you and our loss. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
Kim Kies - April 19th, 2009
While I never had the chance to meet you in physical form, I am drawn to celebrating your spiritual being with your friends and family. As I sit in quiet, inner reflection I sense a whisper of love that you are sending to all your loved ones and a blissful giggle, like a feather lightly tickling oneâ€™s ear to help lift their spirits while sensing your presence. I see your spirit breathing in the love, compassion, and joy I send you directly from my heart, which you so effortlessly take in and pass on to all your loved ones. I celebrate your physical life in this moment and revel in knowing your spiritual being continues to be with us.
Much Love and Light
Juan Carlos Maciques - April 19th, 2009
Dear Charlene and James,
My thoughts will be with you and your families on Monday. It will be an honor to light a candle in continuing Beth's memory. With peace and affection.
Ginger Blair - April 19th, 2009
Beautiful, Beth -
I feel you all around me for you are pure joy and enjoyment.
I hear your breath as I hear the earth breath - with the softness of the forming dew on the inhalation and the evaporating rains on the exhalation.
I feel you in a part of each action I take, for you are one with our Father and no task could be performed without his grace.
I know you are as much a part of the "now" as you were a part of the "then". And when I think of you, I just b r e a t h e and I know you are in that very breath; still here, still listening, still watching, still guiding in your generous and giving way. Only your form has changed. You remain a part of all of us who knew and loved you - and I am grateful.
jen kim - April 19th, 2009
Just wanted to say Hi.
Just wanted to let you know that I adopted a sweet little boy from the Bronx about a year ago. His name is Omar Himalaya. He just started taking a step or two. You would have loved him. He would have loved you...
Molly Kenefick - April 1st, 2009
I am missing you so much lately. I joined Facebook a few months ago and have reconnected with people from several areas of our lives that overlapped: living in Florence, Italy and in Japan, and Sara Lawrence College, of course. I keep catching myself thinking, "Wait till Beth hears about this!"
So, Beth, I am writing to you here to let you know that I think about you all the time.
I love you lots,
Paul Barrera - March 26th, 2009
My name is Paul Barrera. I am writing because I just visited Bethâ€™s website and learned that the anniversary of her passing is near.
I met Beth several years ago in Houston at a farmerâ€™s market. I was helping a friend sell produce there and she wandered up. We hit it off immediately. I learned from her that she was in town visiting and staying with friends. We agreed to meet that night for a meal and conversation.
We met that night and had dinner. When the sun came up the next morning, we were still talking. The conversation had never, not once, slowed. We stayed together the whole night in what I will always remember as the most platonically romantic evening of my life.
She called me later that day and thanked me for being such a gentleman. She admitted that she was interested in more than friendship but that she was leaving to go back to New York in a day or two. I admitted the same, but cited the same challenge.
We promised to keep in touch, and indeed we did for several years. I would call her periodically and she would do the same. Gradually the intervals between when we would speak became longer until, about two years ago, we stopped talking altogether.
I am thinking of visiting New York soon and thought I would stop at her website to check in. It was then, moments ago, that I found out she was gone.
I am writing this mainly because I want whoever reads it (if indeed anyone will) that Beth was an extraordinary person who affected my life profoundly. Even though we were out of touch, I never felt as if I were absent a friend. We spent one evening in each otherâ€™s company and there has never been a time since when she was not somewhere in my mind and heart resting comfortably. I want whoever reads this to know that she was no less than wonderful.
In peace and love,
MM - March 2nd, 2009
martha and earl steen - February 14th, 2009
Happy valentines day, cuz.....
John Marolakos - February 8th, 2009
Oh no Beth!... my heart has broken. I just found out you have gone. I missed you and decided to enjoy your beautiful work online. What a shock to find this memorial. My heart immediately melted and I wept. I love you!... Beth, I'm so sorry we parted as we did. I regret it so now. I can only recall the sweet and good time we had together. I will hold the wonderful memories of you as long as I have consciousness. We had an immediate bond that was profoundly spiritual. Our time together was inspired, playful, warm, happy, and loving. I will cherish the Moroccan sand you brought back to me. I have your Image of the covered Union Square benches proudly displayed in my living room. I can't believe you're gone. I miss you're presence now. My heart has broken!
Good Bye dear Beth
RBL - January 31st, 2009
After 13 months back at it again - you are missed but I hear your smile & feel your laugh often. Nice being your friend.
Elaine + Dave - January 27th, 2009
We think of you often, Beth. Billie loves loves loves the brown bear stuffed animal you gave her. It's truly one of her favorites. I wish we had some of your photos on our walls. Dave lost a trusted and great colleague. Your sass is really missing. Love, E + D
martha and earl - January 26th, 2009
Spent the week in the hospital. Home now. We miss your sweet magical voice!
MM - January 25th, 2009
I miss you so sweet girl!!!
Andrew Cohodes - January 4th, 2009
Beth was my First Love of my life.I will never forget her..Never!! I just found out today and I have not stopped crying.. I am so sorry for Charlene and all her family and friends . I don't know where to begin nor do I know how to end. I met this adorable freckeled face love @ the Saturday Night Live rap party where my first comment to her was " you look so bored"... I was living in the Apple going from one illegal sublet to another until Char found me a great flat in Park Slope just down 7th Ave. from Beth's brownstone. She was the coolest girlfriend I ever had. Smart,Savy and Fun. I can see her beautiful smile now. I have read so many wonderful comments and am grateful that so many have been touched by our fantastic Beth Block! But I have to tell you all that Beth was truely so dam special, she had it and we all wanted to be around to share it with her. I think she loved me as much as I her, she will never leave my heart, I love you Beth, I am so sorry , you were the girl that everyone wanted to protect .... I'll see you on the other side and will have your back then :) Promise!
Astuko - January 4th, 2009
2009 started here in Japan. I canâ€™t say â€śa happy new yearâ€ť to you any more, but I believe you are always with us forever. I miss you.
earl and martha - December 31st, 2008
Hi, Cuz....Happy New Year!! We miss you.....but hold on to the memories!!
You will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
Earl and Martha
earl and martha - December 31st, 2008
Molly Kenefick - December 30th, 2008
I'm thinking about you and missing you. I love the Christmas card you sent last year.
I love you,
martha and earl - December 24th, 2008
Holiday greetings, we really miss you.....we feel your presence all around us.
MM - December 24th, 2008
Happy Christmas sweet girl.
I miss you so!
RBL - December 9th, 2008
Exactly 1 year ago,we wished each other Holiday Cheer,you wished me luck & prayers in the OR & we said so long.
Molly Kenefick - November 28th, 2008
I had Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Berkeley and took some time alone on the porch to think about my many blessings and the wonderful friends who enrich my days, even if they're not with me. Of course I thought of you, cara amica, watashino tomodachi. I miss you so much.
martha and earl - November 27th, 2008
You would love moms' new place. We will hang your pictures in very special places, as we feel your presence everywhere. We love you.......
martha and earl - November 27th, 2008
Dave Versaggi - November 27th, 2008
Just like to tell you - one of the things I'm thankful for is that you are my friend.
Of my many blessings - you are certainly one of the lasting ones.
Time only strengtens that feeling of appreciation.
MM - November 25th, 2008
DD-You are constantly with me, but this has been a particularily hard week. I miss you so sweet girl.
Van Robichaux - October 13th, 2008
I was thinking about you Beth.
Molly Kenefick - September 21st, 2008
I'm still thinking about you every day.
Today the catalyst was seeing that your SLC photography teacher, Joel Meyerowitz, has a show in SF now.
I'm going to try to catch the show in the next couple weeks--I wish I could see it with you. On the other hand, in a certain way, since knowing you and having seen and discussed a fair amount of art with you, you are always with me. You opened my eyes in so many ways and I will always be grateful.
I miss you, sweetie. Please know you have had such a positive impact on so many peopleâ€”we are all the better for knowing you.
martha and earl steen - August 28th, 2008
Beth, I wonder what you would say about this historic period in our country. I miss our talks about such issues
Martha and Earl
Isaac Hernandez - August 25th, 2008
We met at a photo festival. Was it in Palm Springs last February? I am sorry I did not get to know you better. I am sorry that your friends do not have you around anymore. Thank you for your beautiful contribution to the world.
Good luck in your travels.
carol gold - August 19th, 2008
Got the e-mail about Beth's birthday.....That was a special day for me too....it was the day Alan and I were married.
Karen Croney - August 19th, 2008
Kenneth Brown - August 14th, 2008
It was not that long ago that we had dinner and drinks together at an
outdoor cafe in Brooklyn Heights and spoke about prospects for the future.
It was not that long ago that you came to see my play at the Living Theatre
on the Lower East Side and later sent me photos that you had taken of the
performance. Happy birthday! It was not that long ago, and it will not be
the same without you.
Craig Havens - August 14th, 2008
I imagine you wanted a golden yo yo at some point - I was always
partial to them around my birthday. Here's hoping you have one
wherever you are right now.
Jeri Nell & Walter - August 14th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth!!
We hope that your birthday is filled with all the wonderful things we can only imagine.
We miss you.
Jeri Nell & Walter
Danielle Garcia - August 14th, 2008
Nothing is going to keep me from celebrating your Birthday this year! Remember when we all hung out on Nicole\\\'s rooftop for your 34Th? That was a fun party. Just a few good friends and really good ice cream! It will be nice to spend some time and catch up, finally, because it has been way too long! I\\\'m gonna stop, and really think and meditate, let your spirit surround me and recall times we shared, and just remember you.. for being a wonderful friend, and to thank you, Beth, because every year, on my birthday, you ALWAYS remember me.
Ai - August 14th, 2008
Happy Birthday, my dear Beth!
Looking up at the sky, Iâ€™ll celebrate your birthday here in Niigata Japan.
Sometime I go to Junjiâ€™s bar, and talk about you with Junji.
I wish you would join usâ€¦.
Jane Child - August 14th, 2008
Beth had such amazing instincts, trusting her gut and letting no one no
thing no thought to derail her. She always knew when to call, somehow
sensing I needed to hear her voice and seek her insights, especially
about helping me be a better mom.
She always knew...
much love an peace,
Jane Child (Houston)
Ian Kelley - August 14th, 2008
We will miss you.
Ian L. Kelley
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Bill Bludworth - August 14th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth. We miss you lots.
Gary & Pamela - August 14th, 2008
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Peter Lubell - August 14th, 2008
Beth, I think of you often, and will love you always. Am in Scotland at the moment, doing a storytelling show at the Edinburgh Fringe! Wish you were here to create the photographic counterpart.
Love you very much.
Bennie - August 14th, 2008
I wish you a fantastic birthday that is filled with the love and friendship that you have always carried with you.
Peter Horn - August 14th, 2008
I just got back from vacation and saw your Mom's email !!! You are a
person who I will always remember as one of the special ones Happy Birthday
Sherra & Ronald - August 13th, 2008
With much love,
Sherra and Ronald
Walter W. Nelson - August 12th, 2008
Beth's sensitivity to life moments were a gift to all, in her in her visual expressions coming from the heart. I remember her beautiful awareness of life as a child.
Megan McEntire - August 8th, 2008
I miss my scrabble partner, partner. I've toasted to you and have thought for years of the right things to say around you...but now as always, I'm feeling quiet and happy to know you.
martha steen - August 8th, 2008
I had to let you know about a couple of things that happened this week. On your birthday, a beautiful bird came to my window as I was sipping my coffee, thinking of our conversation we had last year on your day. This little bird was tapping on my window. I looked at the bird as it flitted its wings and tapped ever so lightly on the window. For a second, I thought of the plan we had for you to come out to the ranch for some of Earls Texas BBQ and to ride the horses...well, now you can come whenever you want, and ride whenever you want!! My second thing to tell you is Isaw some orchids while in Houston...I kept looking at them thinking of how you would get my mom orchids.....they looked like the ones you would get her...so, I got my mom one of the plants and told her it was from you for her birthday....she talked for the first time in a couple of weeks....I told her it could be her Beth Plant. She can look at the plant and the picture you gave her and keep you alive in her heart....she misses you...we all do!! So, I have one question, who will call me out of the clear blue when my horse steps on my foot? The cattle get out during the night? Or when ever I have Beth withdrawls?
Angela Prescott - August 7th, 2008
All this week you and your Grandma have been in my thoughts, not knowing that the two of you are together. I was truly blessed by the time we spent together--you were probably unaware the impact you had on me was just as rewarding/influential as the impact I had on you. What a joy it was to work with you and the friendship we forged is something I'll cherish forever.
It also was a joy to get to know your Grandma and work with too. Thank you for bringing her into my life, the time we spent was INSPIRATIONAL AND ENCOURAGING. May the two of you be dancing, singing, playing and keeping a watchful eye on all those you have touched.
Always in my heart,
Robert - August 6th, 2008
BOZINA! Your quite unintended past godfather (once removed) offers best wishes for your birthday. Smitten as I was, my love remains constant, admiring and faithfully yours, forever.
Marcy Palmer - August 6th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth. You are missed.
Karen Kiyo Huster - August 6th, 2008
Beth, I remember how you always loved your birthday. I remember how we would treat each other to a six dollar scoop of Hagen Dazs in Niigata, a tradition begun on your birthday 18 years ago. A baby born that year would be able to vote this November.
I am on a plane waiting to take off for New York. Forever it will be impossible to be there without thinking of you. Remember how you insisted John and I stay in your apartment? That was my last visit.
Beth I wish I had seen more of you after our year together in Japan. We were like sisters that year. You were the closest I ever came to having a real sibling. Remember hunting mushrooms and napping together? I remember how you could make a scrumptious meal out of nothing. I remember how much better and stronger a climber you were and how when we climbed Mt Fuji you went out of your way to keep a slower pace and not make me feel out of shape. Beth remember how we would laugh and laugh at the cultural differences. Remember how good it felt to find a friend and a touchstone that crazy year.
Sometimes I am so full of regret for all the times I was too busy, too stressed out, too immersed in my own drama to return your call. You called on Amelia's birthday last year. She still loves the pickup sticks you gave her. Each time we play she mentions you. "Mommy, do you still miss Beth?"
Beth I contemplated losing you when the liver problems surfaced. When that went away I was reaffirmed in my belief that nothing so awful could happen to someone so lovely. So outer- directed, so warm and full of life.
Beth you have always been so open and available as a friend. So non judgmental, ready to support, even though you have always been exponentially more sophisticated, tasteful, and talented than me.
Your friendship was such a treasure and such a gift. I will try to carry and pass on the magic of you, your adventurous spirit, your creativity, your wit, your strength, as long as I live.
Happy birthday my sweet beloved friend. I am thinking of you today and every day.
With much love, k
Melora Hardin - August 6th, 2008
I love you Beth!
Doing Les Miserables at The Hollywood Bowl this coming Friday, Sat &
I know you'll be there in spirit and I'll be singing for you!
Garvin Gaston - August 6th, 2008
Happy belated birthday, Beth! The other day I was going through boxes of old papers and cards and found a note you wrote to me from a visit to Houston a few years ago. It was nice to see your handwriting and to hold something I knew you had touched. We all miss you so much, and I do hope you had some good tequila on your birthday! Love always, Garvin
Thomas Kellner - August 5th, 2008
Dear Jamie, dear Charlene, I am just back from rhubarb-rhubarb in Birmingham
England, one of the places I met Beth aside of Houston and New York. I gave
her a big hug to universe on herr birthday and I want to send you both a big
hug cross the pond and a huge thank you for updating and creating a
wonderful website for her. Thank you so much.
Clark & Judith Perkins - August 5th, 2008
Happy birthday! We remember you with smiles on this special day -- and wish you were here to laugh with us!
Much love -
Clark and Judith
Mary Lu Abbott - August 5th, 2008
Happy Birthday, Beth! I know you will hear these messages and smile and laugh with us about the memories. Robbi was here a week ago with her children for her 20th high school reunion. We talked of you.
All my love, Mary Lu
Patricia Amrhein - August 5th, 2008
What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.
-- William Wordsworth
tricia regan - August 5th, 2008
beth - when i think about you, i know all is well. you've reached the other side, and in my mind, and in my heart, you are shining. we all leave here at some point, you, among my friends, are the pathfinder. when i think of you, i know all is well. muchos besos - tricia
Ginger Blair - August 5th, 2008
Happy Birthday, Beth.
We will never forget the visit you and your mother made to our ranch all those years ago. When you both left, my heart was permanently imprinted. We love you as much now as we did then...to the stars and beyond.
Mike Blair - August 5th, 2008
Well, so I missed your birthday again. But Sally's with you now so you're probably real busy anyway. So this is for you and Sally. Two of the most
beautiful women I've ever met.
If we measure our lives
By the friends we've met
And the memories we've made
For memories & friends alike
The good ones never fade
They find a place inside your heart
And nestle there for good
They surface every now & then
Like friends & memories should
They make you laugh, they make you smile
They make you young again
They take you to that place you were
And there you've always been
And so you're here, you've never left
You're present in my mind
The memories are clear my friend
They never dim with time.
I love you Beth.
And Godspeed Sally!!!!!!!!!!
hank hauffe - August 5th, 2008
So much of our lives are composed of the people we've shared it with. My life was blessed by the time I was able to share with you.
You're missed and remembered.
Thank you dear.
rhonda wilson - August 5th, 2008
It was Rhubarb-Rhubarb this weekend Beth and I took a moment to remember your visit to us in 2005. Whenever I saw you that year, you brought more light to the room. So I guess you are still doing the same now and bringing light to the universe. So from myself and the Rhubarb team, Happy Birthday Beth. Rhonda x
Susan Vogelfang - August 5th, 2008
I have been thinking about you a lot since learning of Beth's passing. I know this has been a painful time for you but I'm glad you had such a close relationship with your daughter to fully experience the preciousness of each moment and to witness the beauty, talent and dignity of Beth's life.
Loss of a child is a huge tear in the fabric of life. I cannot begin to imagine your grief.
I have many memories of Beth but one of my earliest is my favorite: The time I took Beth and Corbett (ages4-6) to see the Larry Mahan cowboy movie. Corbett, glued to the action, gleeful at each rodeo ride, while Beth, desparing, shrunk into her seat crying out, "They're hurting the horses, they're hurting the horses." What a sweetheart.
I send a warm and loving hug. ...Susan
Nicole O\\\\\\\'Bryan - August 5th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth. As usual I don\\\'t have words to express how much I miss you and wish you were here in person.
Lindley Gray - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday of all Birthdays! When you think about it, this is the first birthday.
I somehow believe you are in a place where complete peace reigns. I don't know if it is heaven, but I do know that for people who have such a positive influence on the Earth, there must be a place where you can finally experience all the happiness and love you worked so hard for. There just has to be. Ever since you left us, I have been looking at your artwork a lot. I put a few pictures on my desktop, and visit your website often. I have been going through one of the hardest times in my life so far in the past few years. I get better, and then I get worse. I fight, but everything fights back harder. The worst part is the feeling that I am sort of caving in, settling. Remembering you does not allow that.
I remember the first show of yours that I went to in Houston, and I thought about how much your experience with cancer affected your artwork. I was still pretty little, and looking at your photos now, I realize that those photos were "young" too. But I understood what those scars in the photos meant. And your artwork now shows not only where you have been, but how you have been there, and the artistic maturity you reached that I am still searching for. It reminds me that pushing myself too hard won't work, I simply have to live to get there. I never got to spend very much time with you, but I feel as if I have learned so much just from looking at your work. You keep on giving and you aren't even here!
I just want you to know that you truly have given me faith in so many ways, without even knowing it.
Love and happiness to you and your family.
Richard - August 4th, 2008
Your love continues to touch the hearts of all the people who had the good fortune of knowing you. Love, Richard
Ayako Hasegawa - August 4th, 2008
This must be yet another influence Beth continues to have on me.
Last time I saw you I told you that I\\\'ve been a postdoc at UCI since November 2007 after getting my PhD.
Today was actually my 1st day at my new work place, Allergan. It is a great pharmaceutical company located in Irvine, whose mission is to help improve people\\\'s quality of life. They started with eye drop, but they now are multi-focus company and famous for usage of Botox for ethetic use. They also develop and market product for urology, diabetes and dermatology. It is a company which people want to work for and stays there. I was lucky to have an ooprtunity to apply through strong connection. Now I am a scientist in Microbiology department.
My achievement always roots to Beth\\\'s encouragement. I am really happy to start on her birthday.
Actually, a couple of months ago, I was having difficult time believing in myself and crying at home. Noh Jin suggested I should contact you since you have been such a great inspiration and motivation for Beth. But just being reminded of you and Beth was good enough to get me through. After that I was more focued on a matter at hand instead of looking introvertedly. So thanks again for being such a positive influence on me!
Hope all is well with you and your family.
Ginna - August 4th, 2008
I tried beth@bethblock numerous times and kept getting an error page. So please let me wish Beth birthday greetings through you.
Kat Jameson - August 4th, 2008
I still can''t find the words. There's just so much left to say. I miss you. Love, K
Jamie Sherman - August 4th, 2008
Beth, I just can't think of the words to say tonight. i have been thinking all day about what i should write for you today. Somehow, appropriately as this is ALways how I felt on your birthday, I have performance anxiety. nothing seems quite right. But then, sweetheart, nothing seems quite right without you right now. Anyway, i know you would forgive me for not saying exactly the right thing, but I also know you would *never* forgive me for not showing up and saying something. So here I am. I love you. I miss you. You know that. I saw Mamma Mia the other night. Such a silly film, but something about the way they depicted Meryl Streep and her friends reminded me of the vision you always had of the four of us going to Mexico, maybe for your birthday. In our fantasies, it was for this birthday. Bettina, if I ever get to Mexico or to a Greek Island (or meet Meryl Streep). I know you will be there with me and we will drink together and sing stupid songs, and eat fabulous food. You can be the glamourous one, and I will happily sing backup. I love you darlin'
Nicole Betancourt - August 4th, 2008
It is a happy day the day you were born Beth. Thank you for being here with us and sharing your love, art and laughter. Posting this on your website, I can\\\'t help but comment on your incredible vision. You helped me see the world differently and your art will live on and continue to enrich the world even now. I miss being able to call you yet I feel like somehow you are with me. My dear friend Beth, I will raise a glass to you tonight and toast to your birthday! I love you.
Linda High - August 4th, 2008
My darling Beth, You touched so many lives with so much love. Happy birthday sweetie and take care of your dear grandma; guess she just wanted to be with you on your birthday.
Love back at you, Linda
Abbey Klotz - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday, Beth!
(I would rather have said it in person)
Memory of you persists and emerges in startling ways, as tangible, nuanced and specific as ever.
xxAbbey (and Zoe)
Maggie Leary - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth!
A toast the many memories you have left me with. You will always hold a special place in my heart.
Molly Kenefick - August 4th, 2008
Dear Beth, yesterday I took a nap and had a dream about you. This is what I wrote down before I got out of bed:
An amusing dream with Beth as the main character. She had taken an entry-level administrative job at an advertising agency but (of course!) knew she was destined for greater things. Beth was soon skulking about the agency, eavesdropping on senior executives to see what kind of talent they were looking and then staging elaborate scenarios where the executives would â€śdiscoverâ€ť her and elevate her to the high-powered position that she deserved. I was like a fly on the wall watching her and rooting her on. She was so spunky and fun and funny. I felt so happy when I woke up--like I'd been hanging out with her and I didn't want to wake up from it.
Beth, I know you are still having adventures and making friends wherever you are. I think of you every day and miss you so much.
You are such an important friend to me and you inspire me all the time. I love you, Beth.
Juan Carlos Maciques - August 4th, 2008
Although I wasn't as close to you as all your other friends, I still think of you and wish you a wonderful birthday.
Pamela - August 4th, 2008
Even when you were a little girl, it was obvious you would be a remarkable woman. Happy Birthday, Beth! Love, Pamela
Cindy - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth,
I miss you so.
Scott Solcher - August 4th, 2008
Dear Beth, Have known you since a tiny girl, both you and you mother so beautiful. Did not get to know you as well as I would have wished in these last years, but seems you have turned out wonderful; as I would have expected. You will always be young and beautiful in my memories, Happy Birthday, Scotty
Michael Foley - August 4th, 2008
It's nice to know it's your birthday today, i never knew the date until now. Beth, you are so missed here, but I am sure you can feel that love as much as we feel you in our hearts. I miss our endless talks on photography and the help we were able to give each other - M xo
Caroline Gaston - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth! My mom and I are on a road trip from Houston to Santa Fe and I've been thinking of you every step of the way. Happy birthday to you from Fort Stockton, where we woke up this morning, Odessa, and soon from Roswell and Santa Fe and everywhere in between! When we get to Santa Fe tonight, we're having a Beth's Birthday Dinner!
With much love,
Lauren Shpall - August 4th, 2008
Beth.... you are missed. Happy Birthday energy, love, memories, thoughts, pictures, about and for YOU are being sent from all over the world on your 40th birthday. I remember one birthday dinner I celebrated with you and your friends. We were at Saul's in Brooklyn - Cobble Hill. It was delicious although I don't remember what we ordered. You approved, which meant it was good. Your beautiful mom surprised us with a bottle of champagne as well. We toasted and enjoyed celebrating with YOU !!! You are missed Beth - especially today.
Much love to your mom and family. xoxoxoxo Lauren
Julie Kasal - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth!!
I know you are still inspiring and radiating light from the other side! Wishing you a Happy Birthday!
Sarah Molloy Jackson - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth. Finally, this is the first year I remembered your birthday as the fourth and NOT the second. I know you're smiling. I miss you. Happy Birthday!
Terry Elkins - August 4th, 2008
Today my thoughts are with you and yours. Thank you for the wonderful spirit I still cary around in my smile when I think of you.
Paola - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday, dear. I've met you by chance in a time that was difficult for me, and you were immediately so kind, compassionate, and intelligent in your ability to relate to people. I miss our chats about our grandmothers, California, and New York (and how we both hoped to be out of here one day!). Thinking of you always makes me smile and truly inspires me.
Cheryl McEntire - August 4th, 2008
It seem so right to wish Charlene happy BIRTHday on Beth's special day. What joy she brought to Charlene's life and what a joy it is to remember it all.
Sandy Jimenez - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday baby.
I miss you. I miss your laughter, your warmth and your friendship. I can still see you on all of the streets and avenues of our unregrettably memorable adolescence in New York City. I feel you equally present in all of the places and things across the world that you loved, and all the things that you thought were cool.
I love you.
Abby Shuppy - August 4th, 2008
Happy birthday, Beth. Although we only knew each other a short time, I will never forget how you helped and supported me.
Mark Sherman - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday from Jamie\\\'s big brother. Another person who wishes you were still here.
Darren Ching - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth!!! I think of you often, about hanging out at Rhubarb-Rhubarb, and you always come to mind whenever I walk along Smith Street past that little Italian restaurant that we once shared a pizza.
Stephen Perloff - August 4th, 2008
Happy birthday, Beth. I hope the universe is throwing you a great party.
Robbi Abbott Plaster - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth! You are missed.
Tina Rahr Lane - August 4th, 2008
Happy Birthday sweetie. Miss our conversations so much. Miss hearing your voice, laughing about life, talking about the future. You were so brave and set such an example - your strength, grace, determination, & wit enriched me. I thank you, and Charlene of course, for the gift of our friendship. You were a wonderful friend and I will celebrate this today.
much much love, Tina
Anders Clausen - August 4th, 2008
Saw our friend Nicolai twice this week and he still does\\\'nt miss any oppurtunity to tell new listeners about our adventures in Houston. Thus we allways think of you when together and as present as then. Best wishes, Anders
noella koshul - August 3rd, 2008
Beth, my dear...it's been some months now, trying to struggle on without you here. In all that time, I've been desperately missing something about you that made my life feel complete, though until right now, sitting here staring at your picture, I wasn't quite sure that I would ever be able to name it. Appropriately, on your birthday, as my last gift to you, I have finally figured it out. It was that within our long and remarkably perfect friendship, you possessed a boundless capacity for manufacturing love. Neither before meeting you those many years ago, nor since, have I found anyone that shared with me that same gift. Sometimes it appeared as laughter, carried over the telephone wires. Sometimes it was a package in my post box, full of all sorts of little indulgences to brighten my day. It may have been the way we could sit for hours and hours upon my front porch, sipping tea and chatting, never once imagining that we had been there for more than a few moments. But probably, more often than those, it was the silent, invisible bits of love that you were always sending out to me during our days apart, that would somehow, make their way, directly to me, and leave me feeling stronger, happier, and more balanced. I've still been getting those ones - thanks! And for the record, I've been sending just as many back. I hope that wherever you are now, you can feel it too. If I had my way, you'd be sitting beside me on your birthday, just like we planned. Since I know that can't happen, I'm learning to be satisfied with the birds you send to my garden, "our" songs you play each time I listen to the radio, and the way you unexpectedly pop into my head at the weirdest times. By the way, there's no need to knock - you have a standing invitation here!! I don't expect I'll ever fully recover from losing you. Perhaps in time though, it will be different - not quite so unbearable. If you can indeed hear me........happy birthday!!!!!!!!! Rest easy, Buttercup. Heaps and heaps of love, forever, Noella
Paget Walker - August 3rd, 2008
Happy Birthday, girl. When I miss you most I find your light and presence in your photographs. They are as complex as we all can be- at times offering a Buddha's laughter and others, quiet reflection, solitude. Your work, like your life, sees into the corners that others miss, balancing or blurring light and darkness, just as you accepted both with grace.
You will be in my heart always, even as I look for you, think about you, and find you in the world you saw.
Love to you Beth and to your family. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Lori Ono - August 3rd, 2008
You know, I really miss you.
I was telling a friend of mine who is also a photographer about your work. I think you two would get on really well. She looked at your website and we talked about your photos. It amazed me at how much she could talk about YOU from looking at your photos. She told me how much your work inspired her.
There's never enough time is there? I'm glad that people can still connect to you through your work and our memories of you.
Andi and Sandy Gaitz - August 3rd, 2008
Happy Birthday Baby Beth.
I bet you're dancing in your red shoes and smiling down on us all! You will always be in our hearts.
Patric A. Fitzpatrick - August 3rd, 2008
I will miss your "eye" on the world.
Jenny Lytton - August 3rd, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth. Know that you are still with us and will be always. What a great blessing it was that you were here and have left us with memories and images and inspiration. Jenny
richard goldstein - August 3rd, 2008
yay its that day again! birthday greetings from another one of your adoring fans!
Jaye Tullai - August 3rd, 2008
Happy Birthday Beth and love to all her loved ones
Rob Szajkowski - August 3rd, 2008
Bethy! Happy birthday to us! I wish I could call you up tonight and talk about what we are both planning tomorrow. Still missing you,
Anne Tucker - August 3rd, 2008
Robert Frank once said, "It's the work that counts." And Beth leaves us with such wonderful work. The four prints that we have at the museum in Houston are a joy to have.
Takahiro Kaneyama - August 3rd, 2008
Happy birthday from Tokyo, Beth!
henri fiks - August 3rd, 2008
"In between"...this life and other places your photos always hinted at other spaces slightly off camera. I hope that's where you are on this 4th of august when i miss you.
Your smile will always be here.
jeanne Betancourt - August 3rd, 2008
Beth we think about you often. I treasure the memory of how you were part of our three generation family life and know how much you loved your part of just such a three generation matriarch. Charlene, know that we think of you often, too, and honor your daughter especially on her special day. Of course, remembering Beth as I do, she worked at making every day and every encounter special. Jeanne
Earl and Martha Steen - August 3rd, 2008
May your day be filled with happiness and warmth, just as you generate to all you know and those you do not know...We wlll have a shot on your birthday, in memory of the sweetest, warmest, kindest person and cuz on this earth...........
marlene galvin - August 3rd, 2008
you were such a joy to everyone that knew you. when you visited us we knew that you were so happy with what you were accomplishing. you will always be with us through your wonderful photos. you will also be in our hearts forever. we celebrate the day that you were born.
happy birthday, beth
marlene and bob
Dave Versaggi - August 3rd, 2008
As you do soooooooooooo many things you make August 4th special by just being born on that date. It truly is then - A HAPPY BIRTHDAY...
Your sunshine smile and your warm "Hi" echo daily in the thoughts that are in my heart, as I cherish the memories of our all to brief time together.
May your spirit be infused & bless anyone born on August 4th as a birthday gift for you.
Still following your wisdom - love - The Old Ranger
Tyra Seymour - August 3rd, 2008
Beautiful, introspective photography. And "Somewhere"(just as you described it),there is a big Happy Birthday Party happening.