A reader shares his memories of 2011.

Reader Donald Potts of Independence writes, “October 2011 was particularly memorable to me and my family. On Oct. 15, my older sister, Betty Jean Frisbie, passed away from complications following a bicycle accident. On the same day, just three hours earlier, my great granddaughter, Lily Mae Ahrenholtz, was born. I had heard of the concept the ‘circle of life’ but it came home to me more forcefully on that Saturday in October 2011.”