People came out of woodwork from Oracle and beyond to remember Jim Caid and support Oracle Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. In fact the turnout at Way of Bean Coffee Club was astonishing. The guesstimate of one attendee was upwards of 100 but no one was counting. The fellowship of community was the dominant mood.
You really can't overstate the importance of events like this - honoring community builders whose values ripple out far and wide. Jim's beloved wife Jill (now widow) pictured here with me courtesy of Laura Flores was a big reason why so many showed up. Among Oracle's most talented artists she perseveres through the grief of irreparable loss - even to the point of mounting a show featuring her own and Jim's work opening April 14 at the Oracle Center for the Arts.
Right here I could go on about Jill and Jim at great length but the upcoming show will do a better job than I ever could. I will say a word bowing in the direction of the two venues chosen by Jill for the fundraiser and art show. When you stop to think about it they both play vital roles in our community. Without places and spaces like Way of Bean and ORCA our community would be diminished and less creative than it currently is. Both help lift our spirits by being there when we need them most.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.