"One breath at a time..."
Such a tribute. Her paintings are deceptively simple, they capture the eyes so well! Yours and Amy Hempel's (admittedly, I've only seen her in author photos). In the photo where you pose next to your painting, you and the art both evoke your heroine Alice, like you've been through the looking-glass have only a shy, wry grin for us trapped on this side of the mirror.
Such a beautiful story, and such a beautiful friendship. You are blessed.
Joyce! A brilliant profile!
Thank you, Joyce. I feel so lucky to have met her, just once, and that was in your company. I think on her birthday, February 20, in about 2002, a palindrome itself.
Dear Joyce: Thank you for this and for part 1. I meant to write then. I never met Gloria Vanderbilt in life, but I did follow her career(s) and I still feel a strong pull to her. I read her account of her childhood and others by and about her. They haunt me. After my personal library was destroyed on 9/11 - I lived and still live across the street - hers was the first book I re-bought. With these two essays of yours I understand what it is like to have had Gloria as a friend.