Bill and the Stars
According to the legend of Coyote and the Stars, Coyote was watching the stars dance in the sky. Seeing that they were having a wonderful time, he leaped into the sky and began dancing with them. When he discovered that he wasn't permitted to return to earth, he took the first opportunity to run away and crashed into the earth.
Bill Neff was a good friend and dance partner. My fond memories of him (recorded for posterity on super-8 film) include dancing on the beach and dancing in the mountains - neither of us could really dance, but we leaped about, simply enjoying the effort. When AIDS ravaged his body and took his life, I like to think that his soul was set free to dance to celestial music. It was fitting that the theme for his memorial service was "...may our tears be turned into dancing!"
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