Update: 11:45 p.m. – The other friend that is mentioned below,(shown here with our Ingrid, his granddaughter) died at around 10:00 this evening. May he rest in peace. He was a good man, loved and admired by many.
The other day when I wrote that I had not lost a friend in years, I should have knocked on wood. I learned today that someone I knew, another artist that I trained for her job in the SF Bay Area was struck by a car in a hit and run accident in Oakland yesterday. She was 50 years old. Another friend lies in his bed on the other side of the Willamette River from where I am, now experiencing what will most likely be his last day alive. He is surrounded by loved ones. Such a nice person. My heart goes out to those friends and family members whose lives have been so deeply touched by these two beautiful individuals.
Upon this sad occasion, I find myself filled with gratitude for those friends and loving family members of my own that are alive today. I love each one of you very much and want you to know how grateful I am that you are in my life.
I have just returned from a gathering of close to 50 musicians in a lovely park nearby. We had a picnic and played/sang the afternoon away. Most broke into little groups and switched around. We had a lot of fun and some great fellowship. It was a beautiful afternoon. I am thankful I was alive to experience it.
Sometimes, I feel like the luckiest person alive.