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Thanks for visiting my site. This is a place where I can share whats happening in my world, my experiences in teaching and business, the people I meet in my travels, some of my music, and anything else that crosses my mind. I hope that this will be a shared site, that others will contribute comments and their own thoughts, and it will feel more like an online conversation.

Tonight I’m thinking about a favorite uncle who passed away earlier this week… I had a chance to visit him in the hospital only a few days ago and I was moved by the conversation that we had that day. Although he had recently suffered a massive heart attack he seemed at peace…”I’m ready to move on to the next world ” he told me with a smile… “I”m curious to see what it will all be like…” And what of his wife of sixty-some years whom he would be leaving behind? “I’ve taken care of  all the details”, he said,”she’ll be well looked after…” I told him I loved him and how much he had meant to me in my life and then gave him a big hug and sent him  a blessing on my way out… 93 years old and he had no regrets, no fears and no unfulfilled desires… may we all leave as gracefully when its our time to go… We shared a love of music and I’ll be able to offer him some of mine at his memorial service later this month… The older I get the more I treasure the relationships in my life… especially the ones that have endured the test of time… Its easy to take these relationships for granted, thinking they’ll always be there… not as easy sometimes to let go of them when the time comes… his passing was a reminder for me that our time here is limited, an opportunity to grow and share that ought not to be squandered…When I think tonight of my uncle I think of what Walt Whitman wrote in Song of Myself… “Not Fare thee well but Fare thee forward…” See you a little later on , Uncle Don…