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My mother's only sibling - her younger sister Val Booth Johnson - died on Christmas Day. Aunt Val was a bright, funny, loving, and generous woman who was devoted to her children and grandchildren, to her larger family, and to her church and community. She personified so much that is good in life - her love of family, her courage in the face of many losses and family illnesses, her curiosity and energy. She will be sorely missed.
My parents and all of my brothers and sisters traveled to Asheville, NC to say goodbye to Aunt Val and to be with her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. It was a good gathering of loved ones and a perfect time to remember what is really important in life, to remember what sustains us through it all.
Apart from the very sad passing of Aunt Val, it was the best. Christmas. ever. Julie and Greg visited from St. Louis, with pup Paolo, and Steve's family came for Christmas dinner. I am so grateful.
So goodbye Aunt Val, and goodbye 2011. What a year this has been, both personally and in the larger world. I have learned so much in the last year, have deepened my understanding of the world around me in so many ways. In just a few words...
I wish you health, happiness, love, and peace in 2012. And LOVE to Kirk, Diane, and Vicki, and all of your loved ones.
Mary Beth Mannarino is a licensed psychologist who provides coaching in the areas of leadership, career, life, and parenting. She is also an environmental and climate educator and activist. Dr. Mannarino is professor emeritus at Chatham University where she continues to teach courses to students in health professions related to environment and well-being.
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