A Celebration of Life

Did I ever tell you you’re my hero? You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle, ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings. Fly, fly, fly high against the sky, so high I almost touch the sky. Thank you, thank you, thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.   ~Bette Midler~

On Tuesday, March 15th, my dear friend Barbara Burke, gifted artist and musician, passed away with her husband Peter by her side.  Hers was a long illness of 12+ years, but even so, her beautiful spirit always showed through the pain and suffering and she was able to create amazing works of art on her computer, with her big toe, until the very end .  She was a gift to us all, too soon gone.

I was one of the lucky ones to have had you in my life Barb, if even for a few short years, and my life will forever be enriched by your beauty and your grace.  You taught us all such precious lessons and your strength through all your suffering will carry us through.  You were a rare jewel that we were able to touch and marvel at, as you took care of all of us and made us better people for having known you.

You are soaring now with the eagles, unencumbered by your physical body and a wheelchair, with the wind in your hair.

Rest easy, my anam cara, until we meet again.

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