Sorry I have been gone for awhile. I have had a tough week and 1/2. First I found out a guy I went to high school with died in a helicopter crash (he was a rescue diver) and then last week I found out a friend of mine had a brain embolism and was brain dead. It was really hard to find out information because the family wanted privacy (understandably so). Well I found out that she was taken off life support and her funeral is this Friday. This has hit me hard even though we kind of lost touch over the years when I moved to a different city. She was so young (only 41) and had a 9 year old son. I have been feeling really sad, but this has taught me not to take anything or anyone for granted. I painted a portrait in her honor and it has helped me to feel a little better. The wording reads "My sweet friend, go and be free forever." I am leaving tomorrow for the wake and some closure.