My beautiful, magical, creative, sarcastic, and fiercely loving mother, Melissa, died yesterday, Tuesday January 25th, at 9:39pm. She was 68 years old.

She and my father, Robert, were married for more than 46 years. The last word she ever spoke, two days before she died, was his name.

My mother was not religious, but she didn’t mind if you were. But what would mean more to her than your prayers – far more – would be for you to fiercely love someone today, and then to show kindness, and bestow grace, on everyone else.

We love you so much, Mom.