If you can spare a moment, I'd like to request a sip, a prayer, or some good thoughts/juju sent out into the universe for a kind and gentle soul who lost a long battle with depression this week and will be laid to rest tomorrow. She left behind a teen daughter and a devastated family. I knew of her troubles, but they were always hidden behind her sweet smile. She wasn't someone with whom I was terribly close - our social circles intersected occasionally, and I raised hell with her brother a few times over the years. This is more a public service announcement than anything else, I suppose. She was the poster child for "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about", or the drakian equivalent, "Be excellent to each other, dickheads!"