From Recent Newsletter # 6: During the past six months loss has been both a companion and a teacher. The premature and tragic deaths of a close friend and then a family member, the loss of a mentor and former colleague, and the witnessing of the struggles of friends journeying through cancer, have offered me a heightened awareness of the impermanence of life. I want to hold my loved ones closer to my heart. I want to be less distracted by the life’s minutia that can so easily rob me of time best spent in love and gratitude. It seems that loss and change can be huge bells of mindfulness offering us a reminder of the preciousness of each moment.