Cinda Cyrus left us on December 17, 2011.
It has been a year now, and she is very much missed.
But I find it hard to believe she’s really gone. Whenever I see a totally outrageous article (and there are so many these days) about politics, I want to e-mail it to her. Cinda was a great e-mailer herself. She kept all her friends informed about the latest political shenanigans. We need Cinda’s insight, intelligence, humor and compassion as we deal with all these crazy things that are going on.
Cinda loved books, writing, dogs, and helping people. She always shared her causes with her friends. She had strong opinions and a good heart.
She had faith. I know it sustained her.
She edited her friends’ writing and gave them encouragement and support.
Cinda had a way of getting people to give their best to whatever they were doing. Something along the lines of “I know you can do this.”
I’m so sorry she wasn’t here for the 2012 election. Or maybe she was and I just couldn’t see her. I don’t know about the ways of heaven and earth. I just know I miss my friend.
Here’s a couple of paragaphs from an e-mail letter I received from her awhile back concerning bigotry. It is very Cinda.
“Proselytizing. No one has a very good record in this category. Not the Muslims. Not the Christians. Not the Hindus. Not the officially declared atheists. Not even the Buddhists are blemish free. Once fanaticism takes over, God weeps, I am convinced. And fanaticism is not limited to religion. In fact I think that today xenophobia frequently travels under the false flag of religion. Ditto homophobia. Ditto sexism. All of which, I am quite sure, makes God very cranky.
Let me assure you that I do not turn a blind eye to those who threaten this country. But I see a sizable threat WITHIN this country from those who would mangle American principles through xenophobia or any other form of hate. We must not save the village by burning it down.”
Fly on, my friend.