It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you all know that my faithful, amazing, awesome, giving editor, Charlene Dargay, passed away early this morning after a lengthy battle with health issues. Charlene wrote to me out of the blue one day offering to help me when I first started posting my JAFF. She saw something in me that was worth her time and that was possibly the greatest compliment I have ever received as a writer. You see, Charlene made her living with words, both as a speech writer and as an editor. That she so graciously gave her time and expertise to helping me still blows me away. I’ve donated every penny – not that there have been many – that I have earned on stories she helped me with to one of her favorite causes as a thank you. She was patient with me, laughed with me, cried with me, and talked me down off the shelf several times.
I will miss you, Tish. You were a trailblazer and a lover of all things LSU. I will always cheer for your beloved Tigers in remembrance of you. Of course, unless they are playing my Devils. I know you understand.