On January 23, 2017 the world lost a kind and loving man. My heartfelt condolences go out to Patricia Briggs on the loss of her husband and soulmate.
I was fortunate to have spent time with Mike and Patty and to work with Mike as a moderator on Patty’s website and as an Admin on Patty’s Facebook page.
I first met them at a gathering of their Hurog fans, the 2010 HOWL. This was the first time I had ventured out on my own after my husband had passed. Mike was an inspiration to me and I am a better person for having known him.
This is how I will remember him, singing with Patty at the HOWL, teaching us new songs and laughing at our antics.
One of the songs we learned that night was Simple Gifts, in Cry Wolf Bran sang it at the memorial service for Dr. Wallace. It is a fitting song for this memory too.
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
‘Tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be fair,
‘Tis a gift to wake and breathe the morning air.
And each day we walk on the path that we choose,
‘Tis a gift we pray we never shall lose.
Listen to it performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss
Rest in Peace Mike, you are forever in our hearts.