Aunt Tera and Me

She was special. She was my aunt and my namesake. When my parents died many years ago, Aunt Tera was there, encouraging me to stay in school, not to alter a young life course. She talked. I listened. She lived a life by example. I watched. And I paid attention.

It’s been five years since she died. Her legacy is simple. Tera Jean Patricks, my Aunt Tera, will be remembered by many whose lives she touched, some whose lives she helped nurture, and some she helped guide when they needed a direction.

Today, her name, my namesake, is born again.

I’m Tera Thomas O’Brien, Aunt Tera’s niece. I’ve asked Tera’s friends, Alexis Kayhill, Bambi Brannan, and Ron McElfresh, and they have agreed to allow me to become curator and editor for Tera Talks.

My objective is two fold.

First, I want to carry forward Aunt Tera’s legacy, her flame of life. To that end I plan to publish entries from her personal journal. Tera had a unique way of looking at life; all the grandeur of humanity. And the foibles of mankind.

Second, as Aunt Tera’s namesake, I feel a personal obligation, and I have a desire, to express my view of life; to carry a flame, to light up the day, and bring thought, comfort, and stimulation to all I see, and to do so in a way that would make my aunt proud.

I may not possess Aunt Tera’s technical abilities (she bought me my first computer, a Mac), knowledge, and life experience, but I admired her willingness to share a perspective in an amusing, thoughtful, and sometimes irreverent way.

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And so, Tera Talks begins anew.