My student Laural passed away last evening after being taken off life support. Her organs were donated to help others. My heart goes out to her parents, David and Sheila.

Laural was quite a girl. A few years ago, she wrote me wondering about how to publish a book. I wrote back with some tips. Turns out, she had finished a novel--hundreds of pages, all written in a notebook. I told her the first thing she needed to do was type it into a computer.

This she did. Last Wednesday, the last time we talked, she was talking about how her one computer crashed and she was trying to get the novel transferred to another computer. But there wasn't a hint of discouragement. She was determined. She had a determined walk and a determined look in her eye, and an innocent faith that her labors would be rewarded.