the last 2 months of the year that was have held such sorrow.
but let the sadness take its place with all the joy it brought me. I was able to spend precious time with my parents & with friends some of whom I've now known for decades. I met new people who I hope will be friends for whatever years remain. my cat Melina has given me amazing affection.
there have been movies & meals art & poems. & travels to so many places.
I depart the year with a memory of a plant. it's been in my mind all day. the silver sword belongs to the sunflower family but looks more like a yucca. the particular variety I saw in 2004 only grows out of the cinder of Haleakala more than 10000 feet above Maui.