You know me- I'm open and don't usually shy away from sharing the hard stuff. I do hesitate to tell you this, just because it's so raw and harsh. But it will be in the paper in the next day or so anyways, and more people will read it there than they will in this post.
So (with my father's blessing) I am just going to say it :
Thursday night, my brother Michael killed himself.
He didn't want us to dance around it, so we aren't.
This is the first line of his obituary, which we finalized last night:
Michael Averinos left this life in his own way on February 19, 2009.
keep sending the love.