Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Hello dear friends.
Today is the ninth anniversary of our sister Sue's passing.  Like I have told you all before, the two months leading up to her death are months we reflect on that terrible and special time.
That time of walking Suzy home.

At the end of Feb, 2010 we found out about the terrible brain tumor.
I headed to Missouri to visit immediately.

I posted on my blog that I was on my way to see Sue.
Susie commented on my blog....
below you will see the last comment she ever made and one of that last pieces of writing I have from her.

It is from this correspondence that she first said; Love you, Mean it!


It is incredibly precious to me.
 I wanted to share it with you all and keep it here on the blog.

I still miss you so much Sue and love you like crazy.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

Monday, April 15, 2019

The heart and soul of Paris.

April 2007

Note the flying buttresses.

I learned about the flying buttresses in art class in college in 1979.  
I've since pointed them out whenever I get the chance.  When Katie visited Notre Dame a few weeks ago.
I told her to note them and she sent me a picture and just said, "noted".

Today when I saw on Twitter that Notre Dame was on fire I was horrified.
 I was at school so I had to hold in the tears, but it was so hard to do.

My heart is broken for the congregation, for the French, and for people who love art and history all over the world.  To me this was the most important building in the world. 
It was beyond precious and beautiful. 
It is a tragic loss.  
I am heart-sick.

When the sun comes up tomorrow we will see and mourn, even greater I'm fear, what is left of this, the loveliest of buildings.   
The heart and soul of Paris.