The one and only time I have ever been to New York was back in the early 1990's when my friends Heath and Robert London took me there to a weekend workshop with Ken and Gloria Wapnick. It was an amazing weekend, particularly because Ken's book "Absence From Felicity" had just come out and I probably would not have read it had I not bought it at his center in upstate New York that weekend. It still has a profound effect on me to this very day. I then saw him years later at a MDC conference the same weekend that I finally met and saw Judy Skutch Whitson.
I was quite surprised today to receive the email that he had passed on Friday. I think Ken was only 71 or 72 . . . but I am certain that Helen was THRILLED to have him pass over to be with her again at last. Ken was an incredible scholar of the Course and had a very dry sense of humor which I very much appreciated. But mostly I appreciated his way of making the Course less "special" and more about simply being a kind person who extends love instead of judgment. Still working on that one quite a bit myself.
I read the email just after lunch when I was on my way to drop off 2 New Year's booklets at Marianne's condo for she and Emma - and I felt like Helen, Bill and Ken were all in the car with me. But, that just may be because I am so insane. Just the same, it did fill me with a sense of the Greatness and Glory of our community of Course folks, as odd as we (I) may be. Certainly my thoughts are with Gloria at this time as I can only imagine what it might be like for her to go through this transition after so many years together. Gloria herself is quite funny and erudite about the Course - and I love that accent of hers because it's kind of like Carmela Soprano talking about A Course in Miracles. She was a delight all weekend when I was there in Roscoe those many years ago.