I woke this morning to the news that a dear friend passed away yesterday afternoon, only hours after Pater visited him in palliative care and less than three weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer, less than a month after he'd experienced symptoms.
I mentioned my friend here a few months ago when I recognized, on the blog A Cup of Jo, a painting based on a photograph of his Mark was modest, but not surprised really, when I told him -- he already knew that his influence as a photographer was widely felt.
I hope he knew how widely his influence was felt as a friend. He was a good one. He will be so much missed by so many. And for the rest of the week, I think, I'm going to close the blog and take some time just to mourn his loss and think and feel its repercussions. We're getting ready for a GrandBaby who's already a week overdue, so we're in an emotional space throbbing right now with sadness and joyful anticipation. Seems time for gathering in. Hug your loved ones. Be sure you're spending your life as best you can. . .