This Saturday we went to a beautiful funeral service for Jim Knudson, the father of one of my good high school friends. He was diagnosed with cancer in August and died, surrounded by his family, this past week. The vigil Friday night and the mass Saturday were at St. Leo Church downtown, and both were very moving.

I haven't mentioned any of this here until now, because–for all my time evangelizing social media–it's very uncomfortable to share my grief and my sadness with the open world of the Internet. But at the same time, being silent feels uncomfortable too, as if I'm ignoring it by not mentioning it.

Here's a link to his obituary in the Tribune. He touched many people's lives and he will most definitely be missed.