The other day I received a message from a friend's son. He had received a (forwarded) Halloween card that I'd sent to Kay. He wanted me to know that his Mother had passed away on October 11th.
I first met Kathryn (Kay) Dufner when I started my first nursing position at Norristown State Hospital. With my "new / wide eyes", I viewed Mrs. Dufner as the kindest "old school" nurse I had ever met.
Over the 16-years I worked at NSH, (call me) Kay continued to be the real deal. She was a true patient-centered nurse, yet her nurturing style enhanced loyalty and team spirit from the staff she "supervised".
I remained friends with Kay after I / we retired. Together we sat with our fellow colleague, Arlene Smith, in the final days of her life journey. We shared many laughs and buckets filled with tears.
My heavenly arsenal of angels continues to grow, as Kay joins Arlene, Clare, Jeanette and others.
Rest well, dear Kay. It's finally time to put your feet up and take eternally beautiful care of YOU.
This past week I have continued to receive wonderful feedback and suggestions about my Musical Intermission series. I got this amazing email from my cousin, Thomas:
Hey cousin, Thanks for remembering ME today with the Buddy Guy song. If you don't know he is the last of the Mississippi Delta, Chicago St Louis Kansas city blues. I was lucky enough to see him a couple of times in my life and was never disappointed. When the blues were dead and not being played on the radio or any TV shows in the late 60's through the 70's Buddy and a young white blues player Stevie Ray Vaughn came along and saved it. So when Buddy leaves the old blues will be gone. Just a little blues history lesson for my friends and hope you all take the time to listen to the last of the greats. Love you, Thomas
Here are some "C" songs to keep this party going:
This takes me right back to my childhood basement where I sang my heart out with my "microphone" (aka my hand)! Come on, sing with me... :)
Of all the new artists I have come to love, Courtney Barnett may take the prize for the most pithy lyrics. She truly is a musical poet in my view.
The more I listen to Leon Russell, the more I love his raspy, yet comforting, sound. This song has always been a favorite, thanks to my Georgia-peach of a Momma.
I've only recently come to appreciate Mavis Staples - true musical majesty.
Until next week, wishing you peace and some "D" song in your heart, mar
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