Belated Birthday



Thinking of my special friend, Barb Kamer (April 24, 1968 – March 29, 2013). I recently posted about Missing her.

Last Thursday would have been her birthday. I miss her physical presence and the joy that emanated from wherever she was. And, I am blessed because I so often feel her spirit. I think I see her in someone else sometimes – and I smile, her way of reminding me that her light is always here. 

Hope is the thing

One tribute to her life involves Barb’s family and friends planning for the Johnson County Relay for Life and organizing Team Hodge Podge, the team Barb had brought together just before her passing. (Read more about last year’s realy: Celebrating, Remembering, and Fighting to find a cure and Relay for Life).

be a star

Barb’s father Bruce just shared these photos of the beautiful way that Barb’s family has honored her memory. I wanted to share them with you – her gravestone is an amazing reflection of her light.


 I miss you, my friend. You live in my heart.



About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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