A Change in Plans to Celebrate Alice’s Life

I apologize, but plans to celebrate at the Coast one year after Alice’s passing have changed.

It’s true I will be at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, WA on March 27 to scatter some of Alice’s ashes, as tradition dictates, but I will be more mournful on that day. After 10 months of isolation, my heart says that to hold the kind of celebration Alice deserves, it should occur after the pandemic is under control. It should occur when physical touch is no longer frowned upon. And it should occur in Garibaldi where the sound of the ocean will take Alice on her spirit journey.

I know my eyes will fill with tears when I revisit the myriads of people whom Alice inspired, and that’s the way I want to remember her. Alice will look down and witness the warmth of every hug offered on such an occasion. It’s true what Kailey Cox said, “Alice was amazing.”

Kailey’s intuitive words will stay with me until the end of time. It’s also a comfort to remember how momentous Alice’s love was to me – an itinerant writer and Quaker – who couldn’t help but love her back. Alice showed me something Quakers have yet to figure out. You don’t wage peace; you wage love, and peace will result.

After a panic attack yesterday, I learned I was reacting to the time delineator called March 27 that traditionally means more to our planet than it does to Alice. I shall honor this insight, and plan accordingly.

Thank you for honoring my vision.

Alice McCormick 3/6/44 – 3/27/20

5 thoughts on “A Change in Plans to Celebrate Alice’s Life”

  1. So sorry for your loss and I am sure your living connection remains in some way as you honor her so mindfully and respectfully. Peace be with you at all points in your journey. Linda Rica

  2. I felt an angel near today, though one I could not see
    I felt an angel oh so close, sent to comfort me

    I felt an angel’s kiss, soft upon my cheek
    And oh, without a single word of caring did it speak

    I felt an angel’s loving touch, soft upon my heart
    And with that touch, I felt the pain and hurt within depart

    I felt an angel’s tepid tears, fall softly next to mine
    And knew that as those tears did dry a new day would be mine

    I felt an angel’s silken wings enfold me with pure love
    And felt a strength within me grow, a strength sent from above

    I felt an angel oh so close, though one I could not see
    I felt an angel near today, sent to comfort me.

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