April 24, 2018

FRIENDS AND MENTORS



2017, Claudia.  Photo: family.

Once long, long ago, I made a phone call just as the phone man was there to take out the phone.  I was answering an ad for cook and general factotum.  The writer, Joan, had cooked two kinds of beans for dinner the previous day and knew that wasn’t working.  I came and worked my way through the first four years of college with Joan and her husband Phil’s help.  I learned a wondrous amount about life from the two of them.   She died a few days ago in her 90’s.

Once just a few years ago I met a lady who had what I wanted and was willing to share it:  Inner peace, a sense of humor, focus, caring and balance.  I loved her and her passions in life…not that I was willing to go hiking or biking around the bay.  Her presence in my life made me a far far better person.  She died Sunday on her way into surgery to repair a shattered leg and hip.


Joan Farman at 20.

12 comments:

  1. I'm sorry for your losses. Great friends in life make it a better place.

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  2. So sorry for the loss of your friends, Mage.

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  3. Sad for you Mage, the world needs more women like this not fewer.

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  4. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  5. So sorry to hear that you have lost another friend. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

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  6. A double passage, but you have remembered and honoured well.

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  7. I am so sorry you have lost such dear friends. We just have to be grateful for the fact they wandered into our lives and made them better.

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  8. Two bright lighrs gone from your world. My sincere condolences.

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  9. I woke this morning with you on my mind -- I realized I hadn't seen/read your blog for days. I'm saddened that the first post I read is of a great loss to you, my friend. Blessings to you and may your memories of Joan bring you peace and comfort.

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  10. I've misread your post -- you've lost two friends in a very short period of time. Oh my word. Double sadness. I am so very sorry for your losses. To lose one good friend is hard enough, but to lose two who have had such an impact on your life is tragic. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers...

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What a delight to get a note from you. Thanks for leaving one.

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