March 20, 2018

To Life!

In the past week so much life has happened ~ it has felt a bit like drinking from a fire hose!  We drove out to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore on Friday night to spend the weekend in a gorgeous treehouse inn to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday with a group of pals. We told a lot of stories as we’ve all known each other for a long time. It was deep, sweet and intimate and my soul got nourished.

We left in the middle of this celebration to be the MC’s for a celebration of life for another friend who died a year ago ~ his life snuffed out the day before his 53rd birthday by cancer. More stories and lots of tears and laughter. Another deep, sweet and intimate event.

Then the Boston Marathon bombings sent shock waves to my heart. I lived in Boston for many years and watched thousands of runners along Beacon Street in Brookline, cheering them along. This senseless horror has really rocked me, and I’ve been holding those affected by the bombs and my Boston area peeps close in my heart and prayers.

Yesterday morning My friend Lenore Lefer died, surrounded by her family. We met more than 25 years ago because our husbands were part of Dean Ornish’s research study on reversing heart disease. We stayed connected through my cancer, her son’s cancer, and our activities at Commonweal. Last fall she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and chose not to have medical treatment. She was at home bathed in love and laughter. She lived a very good life. Now some of her women friends are bathing her body and laying her out in flowers. Godspeed, Lenore, the world is a better place because you brought so much love and wisdom.
This morning I attended a Bar Mitzvah, a celebration of a boy becoming a man.
I feel very blessed to know so many extraordinary people, to love and be loved abundantly, and to have this day to live, love and be grateful.

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