Julia was a person I knew I wanted to get to know better from the night we first met, when we were both up and out there, dancing up a storm. I don’t recall there were many getting up to dance but so what, it was clear that would never stop her. A woman after my own heart, I thought. She was after everyone’s heart except she never seemed to be after hearts, just won them without trying, by being her own natural self – her talented, funny, smart, down-to-earth self. It’s beyond me how someone could stay so brave and so alive, all the way, no matter what the news. That Grim Reaper — and he’s had it in for poets of late — is a damn fool.