One of my first dates with Mona was to an Earl Thomas Conley concert.  We heard about it at the last minute, dropped everything and took off.  I’m so glad we did. It was an unforgettable night.

Mona took an album with her, and he signed it for us after the show.  It’s framed and hanging on our wall.

He was an amazing songwriter.  He could write happy songs, but most were tinged with melancholy.  His music meant a lot to me, and became part of me.

He died two weeks ago, a cruel death at 77.

I’m at an age where there are a lot more “goodbyes” than “hellos.”

They say you shouldn’t be sad that it’s over, you should be happy that it happened.


That’s what they say.

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