Deesal speaks of Delfs as an artist and educator and what Delfs means to her
Lynne Delfs left an indelible mark on the world of art. She was a trailblazer in her field – to be a successful artist today, you need to know how to talk about things, to market yourself. You need to know how to work with budgets. And her English, social graces, elegance, combination of old-world charm and new-world risk-taking made her popular.
Deesal remembers Delfs as an artist and educator and what Delfs means to her
She was a musician, a novelist, an entertainer, a multimedia promoter, a concert organist and a performer extraordinaire. She was a social activist, a mentor and a teacher. She was a woman of action, a wonderful, fun-loving friend. But above all, she was a mentor. She was the first one to introduce me to dance when I was growing up, and the one who thought I could do theatre. I’d be happy to teach anyone about poetry. She was a big sister to me.
Lynne had so many friends. I often think of the times I was with Lynne. She was just so amazing to know. She was a generous communicator, she was strong and sassy, and she was no saint. We all remember her being so bravely blunt about a fair number of things. That was her gift. She was really honest. It was difficult to get a word out of her without having to put one back in. She was like a master of the double entendre – the best of us get sloshed trying to figure that one out. But just as quickly, she delivered some of the greatest, timeless, universal truths I’ve ever heard. The love we have for our children and grandchildren and the bravery we show them are the reasons we should never let the days go by without mentioning our losses or adding meaning to these ones.
Please don’t be afraid to be good. Please don’t be afraid to be loving and generous and kind. Our children will be thankful and I know they will bring kindness and goodness into this world. The last time I talked to Lynne, she said that our children always find a way to say they know the basics about us and then that makes it easier to write, when they figure out the deeper stuff.
Sometimes I feel like she lives on in some way, through these spirits. I try to think I’m doing that sometimes and my nervous system just gets weaker. Lynne will be there, good-hearted and driven to the end. Lynne will be there, laughing. She will be there, spreading the grace.