Hello October. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


Hello October

One Mo Time. . .



Recently, I finished a book written by Mo Rocca. Titled Mobituaries Great Lives Worth Reliving, it is co-authored by Jonathan Greenberg. It provides an opportunity to glean a different perspective when looking beyond an obituary. 


Although well-researched, each chapter is a relatively quick read with stories of famous people from many parts of history to others who are less known.


While I finished reading the book in September, it also seems like a good way to introduce October. Understandably, an obituary can put us in a somber mood. However, it can also be a time where other thoughts come forth. The book is far from fussy (I realize the subject may not be the right fit for everyone) but I believe it is appropriately respectful.


And isn’t that the spirit we can use in any month even when ghouls, ghosts and goblins do not hold a special connection? 


That dash we use to punctuate those moments between birth and death represent a much larger story. In my opinion, this book is a nice addition to looking beyond the dashes in life.


Happy October.  





Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (31)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Michael, sounds like quite the interesting read. I often wonder what lies ahead, and how the impression we made in life will be remembered. 

Oct 01, 2022 07:00 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - like so many things in life (and after too) I imagine perspective plays a role.  

Oct 01, 2022 07:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Michael, for telling us about this book.

Have an outstanding weekend. We have rainy weather in Maryland.

Oct 01, 2022 07:29 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I guess Ian is having an impact up and down the Eastern seaboard although rain is always welcome in our area - too much of it can certainly have devastating effects.  

Oct 01, 2022 07:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Michael Jacobs : I'm so glad you checked out Celeste Barbour! I love how she pokes fun and its so hard to not to laugh and sometimes belly laugh at her antics. She found a niche. With her accent and humor its not a wonder she is a success!

Oct 01, 2022 07:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - after the book, I'm ready to hit the YouTube rabbit hole of seeing her perform in her "natural habitat".  You know, the real world.  🙃

Oct 01, 2022 07:58 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning Michael. There is a book entitled "The Dash."   This books references the dash between the year of one's birth and one's passing.

Obits are interesting to read. I have one about what is written on tombstones in the old west. I purchased this book years ago before we moved to west.

Oct 01, 2022 08:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - I imagine a history of all sorts of lore could be associated with tombstones.  

Oct 01, 2022 08:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

I love the last paragraph and the way it concludes your post.  There are a lot of dashes in our lives that do represent a larger part of the story. 

BTW - I don't recognize that exact street in your feature photo, but it so reminds me of San Marino, Pasadena, and the entire area.  I lived in newer areas that did not have mature trees and loved working and visiting Pasadena.  Your market reports always made me feel I was home. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - thank you.  Although I couldn't find an exact quote, these words came to mind.  Maybe most thoughts are based on things we have read or heard over the years.  

As for the photo, I think it is from a post about the Bungalow Heaven neighborhood in Pasadena.   It was taken at least five, probably more, years ago.   

Oct 01, 2022 02:31 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Michael Jacobs the past a few months have been very hot. Hopefully we will have a Happy October for better weather!

Oct 01, 2022 02:02 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - I hope so too.  Thank you for the comment.  

Oct 01, 2022 02:33 PM
John Pusa

You are welcome Michael Jacobs

Oct 01, 2022 08:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a delightful street you have pictured in this post, Michael.  For me, October has always been a month of serious pondering!😊

Oct 01, 2022 04:40 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - for me, pondering is a 365/24/7 kinda routine.  

Oct 01, 2022 05:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Michael, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 01, 2022 04:41 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the feature within OFC group.  I appreciate it.  

Oct 01, 2022 05:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Oct 02, 2022 05:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I just returned from a walk in the neighborhood.  While it's not totally dark, I can sense a change is in the air.  Seasonally and in other ways as well.  Enjoy your day in Maryland and the week ahead too.

Oct 02, 2022 07:46 AM
Roy Kelley

We have a change in the air in Maryland. We have a fire in our fireplace for the first time this season. Thankfully, we have a gas fireplace.

Oct 02, 2022 10:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - it seems to me that a fire in a fireplace makes a home a bit cozier.  Enjoy.  

Oct 03, 2022 04:01 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Michael,
I think the best testament to any individual life is one worth writing about after it's over... and especially by someone that wasn't related to the deceased.  The book Leanne Smith referenced sounds interesting too.

Oct 02, 2022 05:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - that's true as it provides the opportunity to reflect on the total, not just what may be most-known.  Leanne knows how to site some interesting and intriguing sources.  

Oct 02, 2022 07:49 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you Carol Williams  as well as Michael Jacobs 

Oct 02, 2022 08:49 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a very good book, especially since it isn't fussy, haha.  I don't look at death as being a bad thing.  God will take us when he is ready for us.

Oct 02, 2022 06:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - since I know you don't often read books, you might find some YouTube videos (and maybe even something from the twittosphere) of Mo Rocca where he shares some stories of people plus places that are famous, infamous and others who are interesting in their own ways.    Dead and alive.  Real and beyond reality too.  

Oct 02, 2022 07:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael, where this the first 9 months go to of this year.  Well I guess fall is really here


Oct 02, 2022 08:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - time continues to speed by us. . .   

Oct 02, 2022 08:53 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Michael, I enjoy reading and that one sounds like one I'd enjoy. Thanks so much for the review!

Oct 02, 2022 09:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I enjoyed the book.  I appreciate Mo Rocca's style of writing.    

Oct 02, 2022 04:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This definitely sounds like something I would enjoy reading too, Michael. In fact, It's almost my time to make a suggestion for our bookclub and adding humor to obits is something we could all use - especially at our ages.

I'm also intrigued by Dorie Dillard Austin TX's suggestion to research Celeste Barbour. Thanks you two!

Oct 02, 2022 03:29 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Celeste Barbour is now on my YouTube Rabbit Hole Radar.  The post by Dorie Dillard Austin TX sharing her experience of seeing Celeste on stage prompted my search for a book by her.  I am sure her persona on paper is even more evident when she "performs".   

Oct 02, 2022 04:39 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - life provides many opportunities for stealthy and at time somewhat secretive missions.  As part of my own disclosure package, I am not trained in radar though I have noticed I have gone incognito online.  Typically, unintentionally and/or by accident.   🙃 

Oct 03, 2022 04:30 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

And, it'll be on my radar soon too, Michael Jacobs! For tonight, I have to watch my assigned puppy training videos before Maddie goes for her 2nd day of 'camp' (training school) tomorrow!!

Oct 02, 2022 06:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Now, that's funny, Michael Jacobs! I have often wished I had a second FB persona - in another name, of course. I would love to be able to say how I really feel to some of the ridiculous posts & comments made on that platform!! Instead, I just move on. It could be a godsend that I don't have another account - talk about rabbit holes that could keep you going all day! 🤣

Oct 03, 2022 06:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I have a friend who does not participate on any social media platforms.  He doesn't miss it at all.  

Oct 03, 2022 04:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - how interesting.... I think I would enjoy learning more about the lives of other spirits. As a former Girl Scout Leader, I think this would also make a great project for scouts, since visiting cemeteries and learning history from ones community is something my girls earned badges for. Mobituaries would be a nice twist. 

Oct 02, 2022 06:57 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Lots of questions will take a lot of digging. But it can be done! Exhuming "all types of information," sounds like a science project or something a writer would enjoy investigating. Isn't it all, so interesting!

Oct 03, 2022 05:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - that's a twist that never occurred to me.  I am sure one that Julia Gordon Lowe couldn't imagine either which makes me wonder if Mo Rocca has explored her life or that of Robert Baden Powell.  And his sister too. 

Maybe it's a story where connections come together in ways we never considered.   Digging deeper, especially when it comes to cemetery-related topics can exhume all types of information.  

Oct 03, 2022 04:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - uncovering mysteries and discovering mashups, mishaps and other mischievous aspects of life (and any possible thereafter) can be the start of Pandora Pondering.  Perhaps.  

Oct 03, 2022 06:56 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Hi Michael Jacobs I saw Mo Rocca reviewing his own book on Sunday morning. It looks real interesting and I enjoy his writing 🙂

Oct 03, 2022 03:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - that sounds interesting to me.  Another thing to add to my "to do" list.  Thank you.  

Oct 03, 2022 04:08 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a thoughtful way to welcome the 10th month of the year. Hard to believe it's that time - Halloween, Fall, cooler weather and with other holidays (too) soon to follow.


Oct 05, 2022 09:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - we know what happens when "time" stops.  Well, kinda.  

Oct 05, 2022 09:18 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As I  journey through life I seem to spend a lot more time exploring behind the dashes 🤓

Oct 06, 2022 10:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - maybe you have been influenced by Lewis & Clark.   Perhaps Jerry Lewis and Petula Clark.

Oct 06, 2022 12:14 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I think that is painfully true and I’ll never think of Lewis and Clark the same 🧐

Oct 09, 2022 08:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - then there's Shari Lewis and Petula Clark.  How's that for some image-busting?  🙃

Oct 14, 2022 04:24 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

The way this month is flying by it’s almost time for your next Post; hello November Michael 

Oct 13, 2022 08:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - hmm. . .  

Oct 14, 2022 04:21 AM