to construct my final farewell to a friend, a prominent member of the Lehigh Valley arts community, a woman who made a lasting, impactful and enduring impression.
I feel grateful for her presence in my life for nearly 30 years …
and I grieve the loss of this beautiful, vivacious MOVER & SHAKER whose very being, her indomitable FORCE influenced many, countless, numbers of people in our community.
|Barbara in her beloved Paris!|
In fact, we shared a passion for arts education. In addition to the desire to share our dance knowledge with teachers and students in the classroom, we also worked together on a Lehigh Valley Arts Council initiative compiling and editing a collection of artists’ bios for ArtLinks, an Arts-in-Education Resource Book for Lehigh Valley educators.
Barbara celebrated and encouraged me to perform, share my passion and develop my own unique pedagogy of North African, Middle & Far Eastern drumming and dance traditions. Her “stamp of approval” opened many doors for me, a newcomer to the Lehigh Valley way back when. During the years our friendship deepened and I was blessed to be a guest at her home where she always entertained as THE hostess with the mostess! A perfectly set dining table and delicious meal would soon give way to clearing it all away … Yes! You guessed it: to make room for her guests to dance!
May you all carry wonderful memories of your mother and may your children’s children be reminded of her often. 💖💖💖
Ultimately those gatherings evolved into a book club and celebrations of momentous occasions ~ including for example, the publication of her first novel by the author in our group ~ Kathryn Williams Craft!
“We walk up the beach under the stars. We feel stretched, expanded to take in their compass. They pour into us until we are filled with stars, up to the brim. This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day….
one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars...”
Goodbye dear friend ~ Don your feathery wings and fly high above the mental, emotional, and material realms | Free of all the ties that bind us | Travel farther than we ever thought possible | lifted by all the LOVE we your friends and family hold in our hearts for you, dear Barbara.