The loss of this man was a devastating blow to my total being. I have been through therapy, screamed, cried, and drank way too much. I signed up for the Sketchbook Project before he passed. About a month ago, I looked at my idea board and saw nothing that I wanted to share. Then I heard the song "These Foolish Things" - and suddenly I knew that this book had to be ABOUT him and yet FOR me.
This does not even barely reflect my best work. It barely reflects my true medium and work at all.
Yet, it is the best hing I have done toward my healing. This book told me what to say, how to say it and when it was done - it told me that too. I know my friend was with me when I stitched, taped, glued and literally wept in this sketchbook. I almost did not send this in. But Jerry wanted it to go to New York. He'll be thrilled to be on tour again. His legacy will live on in this tiny way - he will smile every time someone looks at his picture. And, again, for a moment, he will be a star.
My book is gone. But each time I look and see Orion, I remember the star of my heart.
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