In Memory

I met Wendy sometime in the fall of 1992 during what had been, at the time, the strangest year of my life. We developed an immediate empathy for each other which became the foundation for a year of intense bonding.

We spent the summer of 1993 as a nearly inseparable pair; cruising Queen St., soliciting attitude from service-industry professionals by blowing soap bubbles in fine dining establishments, knitting woolly scarves during heatwaves, waxing expressive with coloured crayons and performing entire Led Zeppelin albums on the kazoo.

Our time together was often that of master and pupil; she being much further down the road to re-captured wonder and joy than myself. She had the ability I so coveted, to see the world through a child's eyes.

On February 24th, 1995, Wendy was suddenly and permanently removed from the realm of linear, physical experience. The event precipitating this loss was widely covered by the press, and it is my hope that this space will give those of us who were close to her a chance to "publish" our thoughts, feelings and memories; things that are vital to the living Wendy that we loved, more so than the event that took her so suddenly, so far away from us.

I know that Wendy and I shared an obsession with immortality, perhaps an obsession we share with all humans. In seeking an answer to the "dilemma" of death, I have found designs which attempt to carry on memes/ideas of more interest than those which focus on the indefinite maintenance of the physical "self". The concept of the "ghost-in-the-machine"; electronic "constructs" of individuals that live on within our computers, is one which I find singularly plausible. This then, may be considered a primitive step in that direction, which I take in honour of a visionary and intricate woman whose counsel has shaped my life and whose memory I will cherish always.

I hope others will contribute here as well, to paint a mural of memories...

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