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The world by Mitchell Raymond

At my desk, taped to a wall I glance at between writing and reporting tasks, I now have hanging this drawing by Mitchell Raymond. In my Monday Boomer U story about the drawing, I explained:

In November, Mitchell showed his “Wampa” – Mike Davey – a drawing he’d made of all the places he hoped to visit in his life. He’d only been to one: the Space Needle in Seattle.

Mitchell, already a gifted artist at age 14, drowned this summer. This drawing was given out at his memorial service.

I have traveled to two-thirds of the places depicted here. But like Mitchell, I'd only been to the Space Needle in Seattle by the time I was 14. All my travel came later in my 20s and beyond.

I love this drawing. It connects me to a boy I never met and to the power of dreams and the imagination.

Thank you, Mitchell, for creating it.

(Art by Mitchell Raymond — June 9, 1999-July6, 2013.)


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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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