Five years ago today a complete stranger gave me an incredible gift – the gift of a kidney. After eleven years of being on dialysis, the gift of life was so deeply appreciated. However, there is always the thought too that the donor’s family lost a loved one that day. I hold both joy for my new life and empathy for that family equally in my heart. Words pale for the depth of my gratitude. Just wanted to acknowledge this day and every day for that gift.The flower is our native Camas which marks this time of year.