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The first thing I noticed about Trina was the depth of her empiricism. Her speech was not littered with platitudes, stereotypes, and received opinions. Although well versed in standard forms of academic debate, she was not overly dependent on this part of her intellectual repertoire. She just didn't think that way. She had a manner of speaking that made even complicated thoughts easily comprehensible. She spoke softly and slowly; she never postured or gave reasons "for the sake of argument." Instead, she shared her observations, posed some thoughtful questions, and quietly offered her own insights and analysis. Knowing Trina was having the company of an active mind and a loving heart. I miss her.