I really hate to pass on sad news but, then, all news in the world, unfortunately, is not always bright and happy.
I was recently informed of the passing of Mr. Jim Chapman who died on Tuesday, May 10th,
in a hospital in Houston, Texas. Jim had been battling a rare form of Leukemia for several years and had just undergone his second bone marrow transplant. I do not many details except that there will be no funeral or service and his family intends to bring his ashes to Guanaja to be dispersed.
It will be hard to think of Linda and Jim as just Linda now. They had been married for many years and had one son who is to be wed this year in Australia. I am sure that everyone that knew Jim would want to send their condolences to the familym thus the reason for this blog.
I know that my heart goes out to Jim's family and the long road ahead towards healing.
On the day Jim died (from what I understand it was about noon in Texas), there appeared in the sky over Guanaja, from about noon to 2:00 p.m. a huge Sun Dog. Now, while this phenomena is not rare, it does not appear often on the island. I have only seen one other one in the 14 years I have been here and not near the size of this one. Of course, one must be looking up to know that is is occurring so, of course, it is missed quite often.
Was it coincidence that this Sun Dog appeared about the same time Jim passed on? Either way, it was a fitting tribute to a life leaving the Earth.