Thursday, May 04, 2006

Sail on, silver girl...

Sadly, we report the death of Merrill Smith, a kind friend. Merrill is known to many Hoofcare & Lameness subscribers as the wife of Allen Smith, one of our consulting editors. I wish I had a photo of her, but I can't find one. I had a special relationship with Merrill because of her love for sailing; she even liked Gloucester. (This town is one of those places you either love or hate.) I remember so well how excited she was, sitting on our dock, when she and Allen purchased their first boat, a Tartan 10. (as in 10 meters) We shared a sailing coach, an affection for black dogs, and I always enjoyed her delicate take on sailing and Gloucester harbor. She would have loved a day like today.

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