Baking Eric's Favorite Rye
I'm still processing the sad news that long-time community member Eric Hanner has passed away and have been trying to think of fitting ways we could honor him. Three ideas have come to mind:
- Baking Eric's Favorite Rye. Eric shared many recipes and much baking wisdom, but Eric's Favorite Rye is probably the best known and carries his name.
- Saying a toast, a prayer, or a word of thanks to Eric. I don't think I need to say anything more than just "taking a moment to pay tribute to him and give your blessing to his family according to whatever tradition you are a part of."
- Giving a gift in Eric's honor. Eric was always tremendously supportive when I would encourage the TFL community to perform charitable activities (see his comments here and here) and would, I believe, be honored to know that we were continuing to perform such actions in his name.
I know Eric cared about domestic poverty and hunger, so supporting an organization like Feeding America or the Salvation Army would be fitting (he was also supportive of the work we did at Mercy Corps to reduce hunger abroad). Eric also struggled with diabetes, so a gift to an organization like the American Diabetes Association or Diabetes Action would seem a fitting tribute.
Like many Americans this week is busy for me with work and holiday travel, but I intend to find the time for all three of these over the long weekend. If you can too, please join me.