I have long used the expression “the tide is out” to describe those times when the dark stuff in life is stark and unavoidable. This week qualifies.
Early Sunday morning, my brother-in-law, Calvin Stevens Jr., died of a sudden heart attack. He was 45 years old. His son is on his way back from Iraq for the service. If you know my sister, Lisa, and you want to express your condolences, these details will help you.
And a friend of my parents on died Tuesday night. While her death was neither sudden, nor tragic in the manner of Wallace’s, her death is a sad loss to her family and friends.
So, yeah. The tide is out.
edited to add Coleen Salley has died, too. Her friends will be holding a jazz funeral for her in New Orleans. That is how you summon the tide back to fullness with style.