You may have been wondering who has been judging the sandwiches and the chocolate concoctions and the poems. It's my dear friend Crystal, pictured here. She is one of the most beautiful woman I know. Crystal has a brain tumor, which she's been dealing with for a while. When she has to have chemotherapy, her hair falls out. She jokes that one day she was driving and an eyebrow just flew out the car window. She jokes. And she laughs. And she prays. And she reaches out to people. And she comes here to join us and read your poems and your recipes and your wisdom. She is my friend, and a more beautiful woman you'd be hard put to find.
I think each of you would also be beautiful if you had to face being bald or anything else that might mar your physical appearance. I really believe that, because of what you've shown this weekend. SO as we list the obstacles that are sure to come your way as you venture out to carry out your plan, remember Crystal, and remember you.