my corner view won't be posted this week due to a tragic turn of events. instead, today i'm writing about my dear friend bella sinclair, a brilliant artist and mother of two beautiful girls, who suddenly lost her husband last weekend. they were due to move back to the states from japan in just a few days.
this is where the e-world fails me. while it brings us together from all over the globe, it also splits us apart. we develop friendships in our online worlds with people who share the same values and interests, some to the point that we forget that we've never met them in person. when something tragic like this happens, we have the urge to jump in the car and go hug them, bring them meals, and cry with them. and in most cases we can't. instead we're stuck with the limitations of the keyboard, having to convey our sympathies in static messages that don't come close to touching the continuity and depth of feeling that we want to express.
bella is a rare soul who has touched thousands of people through her beautiful illustrations as well as her wise, funny, thoughtful and uplifting comments on every blog she visits. i hope in some small way that we can now provide that emotional support back to her. please keep bella's family in your thoughts as they cope with their loss and grief. and give your loved ones an extra long hug. life just doesn't last long enough.