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Thread #54519   Message #844650
Posted By: KathWestra
10-Dec-02 - 12:23 PM
Thread Name: Happy Birthday Kytrad
Dear Jean,
How could you possibly have turned 80? Many, many happy returns, dear friend, and many more years of joy and health to you. You have been an inspiration since I met you at Fox Hollow when I was 17. I was a long, lonesome way from home, wandering around the campground, when this familiar and much-admired voice I recognized invited me into her camper for some tabbouleh. That simple gesture of graciousness, so typical of you, made a world of difference. I still remember it all these years later; that simple but loving gesture of yours became one of those models of inclusiveness and warmth that I have tried to pass on over the years to others who may be standing on the outside waiting to be included.

Musically, the inspiration is great, as well. "Cool of the Day" was one of the first songs I heard you sing, and still remains a "comfort song" to me when I feel fretful about peace and justice and the fragile Earth we share.

Much love to you, Jean. It was so good to hear you receive your award at the Heritage Fellows concert in Washington (and again on its rebroadcast the day after Thanksgiving!).
Birthday hugs, Kathy