My neighbor friend Gretchen passed away earlier this week. I don't divulge all aspects of my life on the internet and one thing I haven't talk about was the friendship we formed. When we first met a synchronistic bond was instantly made between us. In the days prior to our first meeting she had been trying to lure a wild bird to her with food and while doing that she was calling the bird Sally. Gretchen had a strong connection to and appreciation of nature. Among other things, we would always talk about recent animal and bird sightings and what plants were growing in our environment. In the last few years she woke her past talent in Chinese painting and shared several with me. I will miss her.