A Thank You
from the Hart family
We write to thank the
people of the
community for the kindness, compassion,
and love shown to us during this most
Chelsea was a loving, giving and caring
young lady. She embraced life as she
embraced people, with unconditional
acceptance and love.
She had the uncanny ability to kindle an
excitement for life in everyone she met.
And she caused all whom she met to see
goodness in everything.
Chelsea found goodness in Decorah.
found peace in Decorah.
June 15, 1984 – June 26, 2009
This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
reexamine all you have been told in school
or in church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.
excerpt from Preface to 1855 edition,
Leaves of Grass