Gail Rubin
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  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States
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As a columnist for the now-defunct Albuquerque Tribune, I wrote “Matchings, Hatchings, and Dispatchings,” a how-to feature about local weddings, births, and deaths. The columns on death invariably elicited the greatest number of responses from readers who resonated with the information. To help people better handle the life cycle event associated with death, I have focused my writing and researching efforts to show the many ways “dispatchings” can be done well.

I have attended, pre-planned and facilitated many funerals and memorial services, and saw how being prepared really helps families through what is always a very emotionally trying time. I offer The Family Plot Blog for you to find the information, inspiration and tools to prepare for the inevitable. We are all going to die sooner or later. It’s better to plan how you’re going to celebrate life when the end comes than be caught frozen like a deer in the headlights when the Big Bus comes to take you or a loved one to The Pearly Gates.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
Sandia Mountain, big skies, sunshine, bike riding around town
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Valentine's Day Keeper Quiz

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 8:38am 0 Comments

Long before I started The Family Plot Blog, I wrote a book called A Girl’s Pocket Guide to Trouser Trout: Reflections on Dating and Fly-Fishing. If men were fish and women the anglers, it’s your how-to guide to land a good catch – with humor!

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Sunday, if you’re in a relationship, you may want to check if that man is a keeper (a True Noble Trout) or a…


Help With Song ID?

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 10:35am 1 Comment

The other day I posted on The Family Plot Blog ( the refrain of a song that I heard during a young man's memorial service a year ago about this time. The memorial service was for Ben Kivitz, who died at age 21 of testicular cancer, and was held at Sandia Prep. Can anyone help identify the song and the musician?

"Put the keg on my coffin and think of me ever so often, never lose this day, pray for… Continue

Create a Great Funeral Day

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 9:46am 0 Comments

So, tomorrow is Create a Great Funeral Day. Have you made any plans? Would you even know where to start?

Most people don’t have a funeral plan. They don’t want to think about it, don’t know why it’s important, or think they’ll get around to it “someday.”

Newsflash: Just as talking about sex doesn’t make you pregnant, thinking about death and funerals won’t make you dead. And by discussing these touchy topics, you might avoid a world of hurt.

Hope you'll read… Continue

Introducing The Family Plot

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 8:50am 2 Comments

The Family Plot: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die is my WordPress blog that I started in August to provide the information, inspiration and tools to plan and implement creative, meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and pets. With gentle humor, I dish on the latest developments in death care along with vital information about funeral arrangements that most people don’t learn about until faced with a death in the family.

I hope you'll check it out!… Continue

GreenBuilt Tour Coming!

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

One of my favorite rites of spring is coming next month - The GreenBuilt Tour put on by the U.S. Green Building Council-New Mexico Chapter. This is a tour of homes with sustainable features like passive or active solar systems, xeriscaping, low-water use, high insulation, etc. There will be 25 homes in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos on this year's tour, which will take place on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

This year, USGBC-NM is having a kick-off event at the Albuquerque… Continue

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At 12:06am on October 26, 2009, Diana Huntress said…
Dear Gail,
I didn't make any such comment, nor did I attend the Balloon Fiesta or Solar Fiesta, as stated on my page. I don't know who else has access to my information. All apologies!
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