At 11:56 this morning, just about the time that Yo Yo Ma was beginning to belt out “Simple Gifts”, my loving mother lost her four year battle with breast cancer. I guess she thought she was leaving the country in more capable hands and, just about the time that Barack was getting ready to take over, she was finally able to let go.

me & my mom
My mom and me at a Portland Sea Dogs game in 2008.
Barbara Livingston - August 10, 1945 - January 20, 2009

Barbara Livingston was a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul and a wonderful mother. She will for sure be missed, but she will not go quietly, nor will she ever be forgotten.

As she had done all of my life — whenever I picked up a new hobby or fascination, she did her best to learn all she could about my new-found interests in order to keep pace with me. When I discovered good beer, so did she. And so we enjoyed a good number of great brews together these last few years; moments I will cherish forever.

Thank you, Mom, for all you have done for me. I hope that I will be able to continue to lead the life you dreamt for me and to do right by you for as long as I am able. It has been an honor and a privilege to be your son. I love you.



  1. May her legacy and gentle spirit help you cope through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    This is a nice poem about the best people in the world that are taken after a long fight.

    God saw you getting tired,
    And a cure was not to be. 
    So he put his arms around you, 
    And whispered, “Come to Me.”

    With tearful eyes we watched you,
    And saw you pass away. 
    Although we loved you dearly,
    We could not make you stay.

    A golden heart stopped beating, 
    Hard working hands put to rest. 
    God broke our hearts
    To prove to us,

    He only takes the best

  2. Cornelius Coot Reply

    Please accept my condolences and best wishes to you and your family.  I pray you find the peace to endure through this trying time.  May your mother rest in peace.  Art 

  3. Luke,

    I know you don’t know me well, but my thoughts are with you.  My grandfather died just a month ago, and I know how much it meant to me to have others reach out to me and let me know they cared. 

    I’m brewing my very first batch of homebrew tomorrow and you and your Mom will be in my thoughts.  I’d love for you to try the finished product when the time comes.

    With wishes for healing, for you and your family,

    ~~ Meryl M. (Jaime Haber’s girlfriend) 😉

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