She was one of those authors whom everyone seems to love; an intelligent writer who expected you to reach up to her level when you were reading her books. Her stories of the Murray family and of the Austin family were integral parts of my teen years, and her adult books accompanied me into my adult years. I collected everything I could of her writings, and often reread favourites, like A Wrinkle in Time or A Ring of Endless Light. Other favourites include A Circle of Quiet and her very moving memoir of her marriage, Two-Part Invention.
She showed me that religion, or spirituality, could coexist with intelligence and education. I've taken to heart her observation that "physicists are the new mystics", and through her influence broadened my view of the world. She was always a comfort, and an inspiration.