In all of the mess yesterday, bracing for this winter storm here in North Carolina, I completely forgot to talk about Shirley Temple. At age 85, Shirley Temple, or her married name Shirley Temple Black passed away. My grandparents grew up in the 30's and 40's, and for them, no entertainer had more impact on them and their families than Shirley Temple. She was a bright spot in a dark time of the Depression, and brought light into the hearts and minds of Americans. In her later years, she was dignified American diplomat, who continued to represent was was best about America: a bright spirit even in the darkness of times, and an indomitable spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Rest in Peace.