Today, I woke to the news of another friend's passing.
While it is incomparable to the grief her family is undoubtedly feeling, I am angry at what seems like an endless loss of beautiful, contributing, thoughtful individuals to the world this past year.
Where is the sense?
I can't answer that question tonight, so I will leave you with some of their diamonds...
Triece - that humour is possible anywhere
Catherine - that you can always find your way home
Kathi - that the facilitator will be tested
Catherine C. - the story of her mother's pearls
Eric and Adrienne - in addition to their inspiration as individuals, the tenacity, determination and love of their mothers, Kathy and Alison, who remind me very much of my own
Cheryl - that it's better to sing terrified than want to and not
Chantal - singing "Clouds" together and the blue guitar she played so beautifully
Jamie - the support of his community and grace of his dad and family
Jan - to eat that bloody chocolate-chip cookie and not worry about it and, more importantly, how to dance when the music stops playing
Zoë - Rock it, sister, tonight we're burning down the house