Harriet Vachss Harris ~ 1940 – 2015

Harriet Vachss Harris passed the other day, March 29, 2015. This was quite a surprise to some of us out here in web-land. I didn’t realize she’d been ill really. We miss things with people if we don’t pay close attention.

For anyone who wants to read it, here is Harriet’s obituary:

Harriet Vachss Harris

She’d been a presence on the web for a long time. I’ve been a reader of her blog, called L’Empress,A Place of My Own for many years, but off and on, not every entry, I’m sorry to say. She has quite an extensive Archives page, which can be used to go back and read what she has written. I plan to do that myself as I know I haven’t read nearly as much of her words as I should have.

Harriet, from my small experience knowing her, was a remarkable woman – person – human being. Reading the words of her daughters and friends is testament to that fact. She was loved deeply and completely by all who knew her. She had opinions and voiced them, sometimes loudly! I like that! I like a person, especially a woman, who has definite opinions on things. As a good example of this, read this:

Jan. 3, 2011 entry “Beware of Theft from All Over”

She will be missed. She IS missed already. I’ve been thinking of her a lot this week. Wondering where she is, what she’s doing, in that “other” life-plane she has joined up with. I think of the passing of a soul as changing to another plane of “life” – one that was real before but is now more real – for that soul. A different kind of living, kind of loving, not “dead” but just different. A kind of “life” that we all will know about one day.

Here is Harriet’s Facebook page. I hope it stays up. I hope her blog stays up, too. There are still things I want to know about her, I don’t think I could ever get filled up with her wisdom.

In loving memory of Harriet,

Bex & Co.

I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

2003 – Present Archives at Diaryland

2007 – 2009 Archives at WordPress

2009 Archives at JournalScape

2010 Archives at JournalScape

2011 Archives at JournalScape

2012 Archives at JournalScape

2013 Archives at JournalScape

2014 Archives at JournalScape

2015 Archives at JournalScape

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6 Responses to Harriet Vachss Harris ~ 1940 – 2015

  1. Bex,

    Oh, she was well loved. I see that on Facebook. To me that is a wonderful accomplishment in this world of ours. I don’t know what took her away but I can only hope it took her gently and she is at peace. x0x0x0x


  2. sandy freel says:

    Very nice what you wrote about her.
    As you know I became a widow in Nov.(60 years together)..I feel now that I must live each day the best I can…one never know if another day is out there for you to have and use.


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Bex, I think you have a lovely place for an “old lady”! You have your journal and webfriends, you have Paul, you have Crow Cottage – which is absolutely gorgeous! If those aren’t places for you, then what are you looking for?

    Eric, I was saddened by your words. Hopefully you’ll get to go and sit out in a garden some time soon and begin to realize there’s an awful lot of good in this world. Just look at Bex & Paul, at Maggie & Attila, at Nina & Ed. And the folks here are such a tiny part of much of what is a good world.

    I think maybe sometimes we take in so much of the world-wide negatives, the burdens of everywhere, that we forget that while those burdens exist they only touch a small number of the people in even their own areas. (With perhaps the exception of war-torn areas.)

    The world has a lot of good in it. Those of us here are, ourselves, proof of that.


  4. Eric Mayer says:

    What a shame. I hope you are right and that there is something beyond this sad excuse for a world.

    I’m not sure this present world is really a place for anyone but when you’re young and strong and somewhat stupid you don’t realize it yet.


  5. Bex says:

    The last time Harriet commented in MY blog was when I discussed our water pipes and how our neighbor had frozen pipes…on 3 Feb 2015, here:
    in this blog entry.

    Her last words to me/us there were “This is no place for an old lady.”

    Sometimes I feel that the whole world is no place for an old lady (like me) – one who is not so fit and mobile but just wants to share ideas… the young have it so good… but we don’t realize that until we are old.


  6. Thanks Bex, a lovely entry for your friend!


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