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June 18, 2019

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Being with her is like writing a poem, or in some ways, better, like those essential silences inside any piece of music...what a lovely way to ponder and be with the sadness/reality of these thresholds. x

Thanks so very much, Patty!

I face these intermezzos on a daily basis, Jeffrey. Bless you for the fortitude to be there with each chord change.

I love that line from Hamlet -- "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions" -- and it doesn't matter that it is uttered by the villainous king. DL

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