Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Mentor

I had hoped that my first post in a long while would be to share some happy news ~ and I do have some good news that I’ll post later this week. 

But I’m writing today to pay tribute to my dear friend Linda Cora, who passed away at her home on August 22. I didn’t post sooner because, truthfully, it’s been hard for me to believe my friend is not still here with us on the physical side of life anymore. 

Linda was a role model and teacher to me. She had lived through some very difficult experiences as a young woman but she didn’t let them defeat her or define her. Instead, it seemed to me, Linda used all of her experiences as a source of strength, credibility, and empathy. Her trademark phrase was “Know you’re blessed and leave the rest.” Linda loved life ~ more than anyone I know! ~ and she loved to have fun. She made me laugh so often. Her humor and vitality brightened the energy of those of us lucky enough to spend time with her. 

As many of you who attended Linda’s popular spirit message circles at my house know, her intuitive and spirit communication skills were unsurpassed. She had a special bond with Leon and called several times over the years with messages Leon had given her to share with me, ranging from his thoughts on the orange and blue floor tiles I had chosen for the playroom (a little too loud for his taste) to a request that we read the back hallway blessing out loud each time I led a tea party group on a house tour. (Which we did, starting at the next tea party, and every one since.) 

Linda is the first friend I called three years ago when Dudley was in the ICU and wasn’t regaining consciousness after his stroke. She spoke to Dudley’s spirit and gave me information that wasn’t easy for me to hear at the time but proved to be incredibly valuable. 

I had hoped to offer a few select Spirited Schoolhouse events this fall and Linda was going to be one of the presenters. For several reasons, I’m going to forgo offering events this fall. I’m so sorry about this! I really miss the tea parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events but we’re not at a point where I can sustainably start hosting them again. 

I’ll close by saying that every time I think of Linda, from the moment I heard the news of her passing till right now as I type, I picture her smiling and fine, still learning, still teaching, still full of life, but now on the spirit side of life. 

I’m grateful that our paths crossed and for the friendship we shared. I have thanked Linda for all the help and guidance she gave me, for the healing messages she delivered to me and to my Spirited Schoolhouse and haunted tea party guests, and for all the positivity and healing she brought into this world, and continues to bring from the other side.