By Cheryl Mainor
This past week, the world said its last good bye to the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin. Cable news anchors stopped their political chatter simultaneously with breaking news, “Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has passed” continuously flowed from chair-to- chair as an endless parade of celebrities and news men and women took time to pay her RESPECT. The many legacies she leaves behind include tremendous grace and poise, beauty, talent, faith, strength and courage. There was never one like her before her, and there will never be another after her. She broke the mold, and so let it remain broken, and may her memory forever be the best part of the history of this nation. We are, as a people, so very proud to have called her our sister, mother, daughter and friend, and so we bid the Grand Lady a fine farewell, may she rest in Heaven forever.