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Karen Novak slipped away this morning—a great artist, a good friend, the beloved wife of Michael Novak, and convivial presence at so many of our events.

You can find some of her artwork described on her website . But even they don’t capture her fun, her spirit, or how much we will miss her.

In a long year of loss, it’s come to seem that hearses have besieged our gates, while long funerals blacken all the way. And now this. The viewing is tentatively scheduled for Friday in Washington, with the funeral on Saturday. Details will follow as I learn them. Keep Karen and Michael in your prayers.

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