Jan 17

An old friend died


An old friend's husband posted on Facebook yesterday that his wife - my old friend - had died earlier this week. The news was something of a shock...as such news always is. It struck close to home as I remember Keiko Sugiyama distinctly from our years together in college. She was a close friend of my wife (who was my girlfriend at the time) and we shared many of those formative young adult years. I never imagined her dead. It's hard to imagine my memories without her. Of course this statement seems awfully focused on self when I should be thinking of Keiko's family. And I do think of her family and I expressed my appropriate condolences. However, after that important action is done I'm then left with my own world without Keiko. A world now populated with the memory of a lively, energetic and loving young ghost whom I thought would never die.



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Going Alone was begun by Kurt Bell in an effort to help others understand and manage  the recognition of the apparent indifference of the universe to our well being, happiness or even our existence, and to find ways to make a good life in spite of this fact.

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