It is with great sadness that we at Porchscene say goodbye to our wonderful friend and active contributor, Mona Sides-Smith. After a lengthy and painful illness, Mona withdrew from her struggle on January 1, 2016.
In her continuing series, ABOUT MONA, she gave us a glimpse of her fascinating life and her world, which she presented with self-deprecation, caustic wit, and honesty. And what a world it was: from working at the Pentagon, to being a lounge singer and drummer, to publishing a small town newspaper, to actively working for civil rights, to working as a licensed guidance counselor, to making significant contributions to the regional and national recovery world, and to teaching piano lessons—when she herself could not play the piano!
Mona was a participant! While not originally a southerner—unless southern Illinois counts—she spent most of her adult life in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. But no matter where she lived or to what organization she belonged, she gave her all to its success and sustainability.
In that continuing spirit, she volunteered to write her ongoing column for Porchscene to provide us with some levity and to show us how to laugh at ourselves. With sardonic humor, she took an irreverent look at the joys and woes of aging, and shared her tongue-in-cheek views on the everyday life of an eighty-two year old workaholic.
We will miss her greatly on our pages. I will miss her guidance, her generous spirit and her kind and loving friendship.
October 14, 1933 – January 1, 2016