“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain”

My friend Donnie Hall died today.  All of us that knew and loved Donnie are in stunned disbelief this evening.

The quote above is from Donnie’s Facebook page.  I wish I were poet enough to write something profound and comforting tonight.  But all I can think about is that the storm must have become a flood – and swept my friend away.

The following quote from Theodore Roosevelt is also from Donnie’s Facebook page:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Rest in peace, friend.


5 thoughts on “Passages

  1. I had the pleasure of working with Donnie last year and becoming friends with him. He had been a great inspiration to me and was always a joy to talk to. I learned a great deal from him in the time I knew him, both professionally and personally. We will all miss him, even here in St. Louis. His life affected many far and wide. He will not be forgotten.


  2. This news hit me very hard and I am still reeling. I’ve always remembered the support Donnie gave to Eric Martin and me before Eric died. I wouldn’t leave Eric alone at home and Donnie came for the day and helped Eric plant a vegetable container garden while I ran errands. Eric enjoyed watering those plants every day until he died and in the fall I ate home-grown peppers, tomatoes and carrots. I wish I could have helped Donnie in his time of need and returned some of the joy he gave us. He was indeed a very special person. It was my privilege to know him professionally and personally. This world is sadder without him in it, but I suspect he is in good company in the world beyond.


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