A good man and a friend of the flower industry, Don Riddle, died June 30. He was from the Annapolis, Maryland area.  I have known Don for over 20 years.  He always had time for a few words and friendly advice for Carol and I. 

Bonnie, a loyal associate who sat next to me for 7 years, died this spring.  Another associate is in the battle of her life with cancer.  My dear Uncle Bert had a stroke.  Many others that I know have died this year or are hurting.  It seems as we grow older this happens much too often.  Our faith deepens and our compassion for our friends and fellow humans increases.  Tell a friend you love them, hug a person today, spread your love and joy.  You may never know how important those words of encouragement and love are.