Today, we should be celebrating the 29th birthday of my baby brother, Howard, instead of mourning 9 years without him. But I’m posting this picture of How and our Mom as a followup to my blog about going on in search of joy. So today, dance for Howard, and for the 20s that he missed. I am joyful that I get to dance, even if never again with his broad hands to steady me.

Howard and Mom, May 17, 2004, at the wedding of Kray Davis and Mark Luxbacher, Bluefield, Virginia.