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A royal legacy

The world watched as Kate Middleton wed Prince William on Friday.  While the pageantry was magnificent, all I could think of was Princess Diana.   How tragic not to be present at such a transcendent moment in your child's life. Will was 15-years-old when his “mum” died in that tragic accident. Yet, her legacy seems to live in her children. She imparted much of her world view to her son. The prayers of Kate and William to comfort those who suffer are not just lip service. They have asked for donations - instead of gifts - to charitable causes they selected.

The media speculated on possible tributes to Diana at Friday's ceremony. Perhaps the tribute to Diana rests in Will's will to reach beyond Buckingham Palace into a suffering world, seeking ways to make a difference - not just a gesture, but from this day forward, a way of life.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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