I didn't think I would be able to get to class this week. My mother in law had a massive stroke on Sunday and died peacefully on Wed. My sister ended up at the Leahy clinic. My husband was out of town on business. Somehow driving into Boston, seeing the moonlight on the Charles, and spending time mixing color, picking it up with the knife and just trying to see what was in front of me, was soothing and just what I needed. Jessie was English, always the lady, full of grace. In spite of losing her sight, diminished hearing and difficulties with eating she never complained, always putting one foot in front of the other, and doing what needed to be done. I will miss her and will remember her courage and strength.