From the moment
Laurel sat on the passenger seat of my car when I first met her at the airport, I felt right at home with her. She was friendly, unassuming, transparent and just exuded good energies. Hilo
I felt myself increasingly drawn to
and, on my way to and from work, would frequently stop by the house that she and her husband Rex bought. Before we knew it, we were confidantes. Many times, I cried off my pain and disappointments on Laurel 's shoulders just as she did hers on mine. Laurel
, I surmise that her resiliency is basically due to her self-knowledge and acceptance; and love. Laurel
She knows her strengths and acknowledges that by herself she cannot hope to overcome her weaknesses without drawing from her spiritual discipline.
She is kind to everybody -- to me, to the workers she and Rex hired to help improve their property, and even to complete strangers. They have sheltered, fed and taken care of people they had only casually met on the street.
Several days ago
Laurel left Hawaii permanently to reside in , where her daughter will resume her schooling. Oregon
. You are by no means a saint but perhaps more than saints ever can, you have shown me how to love. Laurel
- Ariel Murphy