About the Book
I first posted "Live Brave" on the Facebook page "Celebration of Laura Middleton," which one of Laura's high school friends and I created to honor Laura's wish that I provide a way for family and friends to share their memories, grief, and love.
To more fully and enduringly honor Laura's human life and immortal spirit, I present "Live Brave" between the covers of a book. The book, which includes additional commentary and photos, also serves as a threshold to another tribute to Laura that I hope to create—a building: an architectural monument. I've given it a name—
LIVE BRAVE | The Middleton Memorial
I envision this memorial as an artistic expression of my love for Laura—and her love for me: our love story—and a tribute to star-crossed lovers throughout space and time.
But I also foresee this memorial speaking to everyone, from Laura's friends and family to strangers down through the ages. A poetic reminder in concrete, steel, and stone—space and light—to follow Laura's shining-star example and Live Brave.
JEF7REY HILDNER is an award-winning architect, painter, and writer. Founder of The Architect Painter Press and author of eight books, he explores through his work the architecture of art and life. His buildings, paintings, and essays appear in a wide array of venues, including Architectural Record, Journal of Architectural Education, and Global Architecture Houses. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton University. To learn more, go to: https://archive.org/details/Jef7reyHildnerArchitect-Books