It doesn't get any easier...
If you use AgWeb, you may know by now of the tragic death of Lindsay Hill, who was just beginning what could only be called a promising career at Farm Journal Media. She was taking over as Agribusiness Director for US Farm Report, and in the short time she had, made a powerful impression on me and all my colleagues.
The older I get the more untimely deaths dismay, I guess. Lindsay seemed (in the short time I spent with her) exactly who we needed at USFR and the perfect foil in many ways to my blindspots and prejudices. It may be odd to say, but I will miss her future as well as her person.
Others who knew her better can express the deeper loss of a friend and family member, but my grief drifts toward who I could see her becoming. And that is sorrow enough.
But I had the chance to meet and work with her briefly. I will be grateful for that.