My friend Barb Wang passed away this week. Her funeral is today. She was probably the first or second regular reader of this weblog, and we have corresponded regularly over the past 15  years.

Barb was keenly intelligent, well-read and always thoughtful. I always wished she had a column or some other way to share her thoughts more broadly, as she was an impeccable writer.  

Her last years were difficult. Multiple spine fractures made it difficult for her to even sit at her computer. 

My sympathies to her family on the loss of a truly kind person.