As many of you know, our SCBWI Southern Breeze region and the world in general lost a living treasure with the passing of Liz Conrad on Wednesday. Elizabeth Dulemba has posted a beautiful tribute on her blog. If you scroll through the comments there, http://dulemba.com/2009/08/in-memoriam-liz-conrad.html , you'll begin to get an idea of how special Liz was and how terribly she will be missed. At an event earlier this month, Liz spotted me and bounced right over to sit with me and we chatted about books and her upcoming projects. Liz was one of the most vivacious, generous people I've ever met, not to mention talented. I had no idea I wouldn't see her again, except through the joy of the work she's left to us and future readers, and in the countless lives she's touched. Liz, we'll miss you more than words can express. What a privilege to have known you.