A time of glorious renewal in Washington, DC, this delayed and much looked forward to spring brought with it the loss of two dear people in my life. One lived to the blessed age of 92, and left this world in a manner which we tend to refer to as a blessing, without suffering much pain. The other, at 56, and with so much to look forward to, was a victim of an avoidable accident. So jarring, her death left us gasping for understanding, unable to find the silver lining in what seems a senseless loss. These are painful reminders about the fragility of life. Yet, even in our grief, life moves forward forcefully. Both appreciated the gathering of family and friends with good food to share. Here is the recipe for the Welcome Spring with a Kosher for Passover Pineapple (nondairy ) Cream Cake I prepared for the first Seder. Share it with family and friends as you hold them close to your heart.