I've heard from a number of old friends -- and, I suspect, a few new ones -- in the wake of yesterday's remembrance of my inspirational family friend, Tun-Hsu "Martha" McCoy. I had no doubt that her loss would be keenly felt across a wide swath of the community, and the comments and private correspondence I've received have certainly borne that out.
I've got two other pieces of news to share.
The first is that a memorial service for Martha will be held a week from tonight, Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 7:30pm at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main Street, in East Setauket, NY.
The second is that, through the understanding of my colleagues and family, the generous support of my father, and Margalit Fox's timely offer of shelter from the storm, I'll be in attendance.
I've not been back to Long Island in nearly 25 years. It will be a great comfort to feel the embrace of our "extended family" during such a difficult time.
See you next week, dear friends..