A friend remembered I been thinking a lot the last week or so about endings.
I about this close to finishing my book, a process that been frustrating and exciting all at the same time. Frustrating because oakley sunglasses polarized it taken longer than I expected; exciting because this week I wrote a scene that was entirely unexpected and something that will definitely move these characters forward emotionally. But then yesterday I couldn write. Because of an ending I didn anticipate. David had been battling sarcoidosis, which causes inflammation around the body organs. Bernie Mac oakley c wire died from the same disease, and David was determined to beat it. He was writing a blog about it, about his treatment, and his outlook on life. You can see it here. I worked with David at the New Haven Register for several years. He was a big guy with a big smile and a laugh that echoed across the newsroom. oakley sun shades He started out as a city reporter, became a bureau chief, and then city editor. He taught journalism classes at Quinnipiac University and mentored a lot of young kids coming up through the ranks. A young woman he worked with in Chicago remembered him in a very moving piece here. David and I were the only two in the newsroom who watched THE WIRE, much to our dismay, and we hole ourselves up with a cup of coffee to dissect each episode and marvel at the best show on TV. Omar was our favorite character and David always talked about Omar "code." I left the paper before he did, but it wasn long after that he took a job in Michigan and then went on to Chicago. We were still emailing, mostly during the seasons of THE WIRE, but we lost touch in the last year. We reconnected on Facebook, which is where I first saw his blog and that he moved back to New Jersey to his parents to fight the disease. I emailed him a couple of months ago to find out how he was doing, and he wrote back, asking first about my daughter, then my husband. He said he be coming to Connecticut for a visit very soon and we would definitely have to see each other. And then on Facebook yesterday, I saw that he passed away suddenly on Monday. He apparently just collapsed and couldn be revived. I spent yesterday oakley afternoon with a flurry of emails and phone calls with people I hadn been in touch with in a very long time, people I worked with for years but because of moving on and life getting in the way had not kept up with. We all promised we have to see each other soon. I wish that it hadn taken the loss of a friend to bring us back together.
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