Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Last week I spoke with my very dear friend from high school. Sadly, her brother died, much too young. I also knew him in high school, although not well. He was a member of our school's elite singing group. He was never anything other than pleasant and kind.
He later married a good friend of his sister's, whom I also knew. Now she's a widow. They have children and grandchildren who will miss him.
He had continued to be involved in music as an adult and volunteered at his church's food pantry.
It's a terrible loss for my friend, and for their mother, who is 88.
I didn't know what to do, so I lit a candle in his memory.
Every evening since I learned of his death, I've lit candles in the front window of my house.
Tomorrow night I'll light candles for all the dear lost ones of 2022.
I wish you all well for 2023.
Infinities of love,