congratulations, kate, on an honor well deserved! i'm pleased to count myself among the very many friends whose lives you have enriched.
we've had some lovely times carpooling to gigs and playing for english dances, never running out of either conversational topics or musical ideas to share. thanks for all your wisdom over the years, especially the day a dozen years ago when i was bemoaning how i'd never created any tunes of my own and you said, "well, have you ever sat down and tried to write a tune?"!