|The Beautiful and Talented Manda Djinn Loisin|
|Manda singing at the Swann Bar in Montparnasse|
|Me n' Manda together in Montparnasse....|
Her sudden and unexpected passing came at a time when I had already lost two friends the previous month and the news of her passing really hit me hard. Two days after Thanksgiving.. and a few days just before the anniversary of my Mom's passing...
Manda was a dear friend of mine. She was my first American friend in Paris, in fact. We met on Myspace, of all places... and became real life friends soon afterwards. She was a ray of bright and beautiful sunshine in my life. She was a talented jazz and gospel singer with a TRULY AMAZING voice... She had a smile that made you smile ... and a laugh that made you laugh. She and I spent many a time discussing our lives in Paris as ex-Pats, as well as many other things... I always felt I could be myself around her-- and we made each other laugh and laugh!
I feel very fortunate and blessed to have had her in my life for 5 years.. and I miss her very much. I feel that her presence is very close to me, and I can often her her voice - talking, singing or laughing - in my mind. I love you Manda and I miss you dearly!